History of the Union Jack

April 1606 saw the formation of one flag to represent England and Scotland together. This flag was a combination of the St.. Georges Cross and the St. Andrews Cross. 

After the Acts of Union in 1707, the flag gained a regularised status, as "the ensign armorial of the Kingdom of Great Britain", the newly created state.

Wales had no explicit recognition in the Union Flag because Wales, having been annexed by Edward the First of England in 1282, was legally part of the Kingdom of England and was therefore represented by the Flag of England.

(The present day St. Davids Cross or Flag of Wales emerged in the 20th century)

Ireland was not represented in the original Union Jack.

In January 1801 the Kindom of Great Britain was merged with the Kingdom of Ireland and the Union Jack was amalgamated with the Irish St. Patricks Flag to form the Union Jack as we know it today

No law has ever been passed making the Union Flag the national flag of the United Kingdom: it has become one through usage. Its first recorded recognition as a national flag came in 1908, when it was stated in Parliament that "the Union Jack should be regarded as the National flag".

There is a correct way  to fly the Union Jack and flying it upside down generally indicates a distress situation.
The correct way is to have the wider White Band at the Flag Staff nearest the top.

For More Information on the Flags of the United Kingdom Click this Link.
Flags of our members!
Australia
We have members from Australia and one  is in the Wimbledon Chapter, the other in Centre Court.
Wales
The WimbledonChapter has two half Welsh members. Although specifically English they are fiercely proud of the Welsh side of their family.
Scotland
We now have one full time members from Scotland, and she comes  from Glasgow
South Africa
We have two members from South Africa and one lady is married to a South African. It is so exciting having so many diverse cultures as some activities base around them.
Canada
A member from Centre Court is a Canadian and married to a Canadian. They moved to East Tennessee some years ago.
England
Most of the members of the DBE in Tennessee are English or have English roots. These ladies come from all over England, from Cumbria in the North, through Yorkshire, Derbyshire, the Midlands, the East Side and down into the Gardens of England in the South.
New Zealand
One Centre Court member comes from Invergargill in New Zealand and has lived in the United States for 33 years. She moved to Knoxville some years ago and loves East Tennessee.

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jmcculloch@dbeintennessee.com
Correct Way. Flag Pole on the Left and the Wide White Band at the Top
Incorrect Way
Narrow White Band
at the Top
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One Centre Court member comes from Switzerlad and is married to an English Gentleman.
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