Have you been following the flag story out of Wales?
Ian Lucas, who represents Wrexham in Wales as a member of Parliament in the United Kingdom, has sugested that the British Union Jack be modified to include a symbol of Wales. Wales, if you are fuzzy on the political geography of the United Kingdom, is one of four entities that make up the country. The other three are Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England.
To bring you up to speed: England has existed as an organized and unified country since the 10th century, and in 1284 the Principality of Wales yielded itself to Edward the I of England (with the Statue of Rhuddlan), an event that was finalized in 1536 by the Act of Union. No point in getting in a hurry I suppose.
Scotland and England (which included Wales) agreed to become Great Britian in 1707, and in 1801 the legislative union of Great Britain (now England, Wales, and Scotland) essentially enrolled Ireland into the kingdom.
Thus the flag of Great Britian in the present configuration:
1. A blue field in the very back, with the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England) edged in white superimposed on the
2. Diagonal red cross of Saint Patrick (patron saint of Ireland) which is superimposed on the
3. Diagonal white cross of Saint Andrew (patron saint of Scotland)
But Ireland eventually fought for independence, and the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921 formalized a partition of Ireland; six northern Irish counties remained part of the United Kingdom as Northern Ireland and the current name of the country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was adopted in 1927. But the flag of the United Kingdom remained the same.
While the traditional Red Dragon of Wales has been incorporated so much into the British iconography, that I as an American can scarcely tell where being English or being Welsh begins or ends, those who are Welsh certainly know. And they would like for their corner of the country to be included on the flag.
The artistic and the not-so-artistic in the United Kingdom and around the entire world for that matter, plus genuine vexillologists, have been busy offering up illustrations for a new British Union Jack. Some of the ideas are excellent and bear consideration. The one I see most often that strikes me as a worthy suggestion adds the Cross of St. David, the patron saint of Wales.
A thin, heavily embroidered golden stripe laid atop the broad red St. George cross would look—to borrow a superlative—Smashing. And it would be easy for contemporary Union Jacks to be retro-fitted rather than discarded if the owner wanted to undertake the effort and expense.
This image does not convey the ornate, raised embroidery that I envision, but it needs to be something that reflects the recurring artistic themes of Wales
No, it’s not their beloved Y Ddraig Goch or Red Dragon, but it is in keeping with the other emblems, and would preserve the spirit and history of the flag, and its elegant linear quality. Surely George, Andrew, and Patrick would welcome David.