Happy Birthday George III!

Discussion in 'Other Flags' started by Peter Ansoff, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    Today is the birthday of King George III. Most Americans know him as the king who lost the American Revolution, but he's also a footnote in the history of the British flag. Before 1801, his realm was "The United Kingdom of Great Britain", and its Union Flag combined the symbols of its component kingdoms of England and Scotland, both of which are located in the island of Britain. In that year, Ireland was formally incorporated in to the kingdom, the style changed to "the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland", and the flag was updated by adding the red saltire for St. Patrick. George III was the only monarch to be represented by two different versions of the Union Flag. (After Irish independence, the style was changed to "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but the flag was not changed.)
     

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