The origins of this flag date back to 1603, when James VI of Scotland inherited the English and Irish thrones and became James I, uniting the crowns of England, Scotland and Ireland. On 12th April 1606, a new flag to represent this regal union was specified in a royal decree, according to which the flag of England (a red cross on a white background, known as St George’s Cross), and the flag of Scotland (a white saltire on a blue background, known as the Saltire or St Andrew’s Cross), would be joined together to form the flag of Great Britain.

decree – a law

flag – standard



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