Met with much rain on my recent trip through London (no surprise) I snapped an image of an iconic Union Jack designed umbrella along the south bank of the Thames River. Little did I realize at the time, the Union Flag or Union Jack itself might not fly over London, the capital city, forever.
I learned years ago, the Union Jack was not the flag of England (see the red and white flag derived from St George’s Cross flying at the World Cup Match) but the flag of the (or rather a) United Kingdom. A kingdom that includes England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Union Flag or Union Jack was a combination of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England (sorry Wales your flag is not represented.)
Well with the recent vote in Scotland, a “yes” vote for independence would have altered the Union Flag with the removal of Scotland. The blue and white of St Andrew’s Cross would no longer be in the United Kingdom. But with the “country” deciding against independence (a surprise to me) and deciding to stay part of the United Kingdom, the flag can still reign over the kingdom.
Of course this umbrella can still block the rain in London, United Kingdom too.
Stay adventurous, Craig