Postcard-The Union Jack Umbrella Still Reigns in London

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.

an unbrella designed as the union jack flag along the thames river in the capital city of london, united kingdom

The Flag Still Reigns (Rains) in London

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


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  • d_colt86

    7 am and I already learned something!

    • craig zabransky

      Happy to help. Stay Learning, Craig

  • Maria Falvey

    Fantastic history lesson in this post and love that umbrella shot!

    • craig zabransky

      History was actually one of my favorite subjects, still is, I find you can really experience it when traveling too… stay historic, Craig

  • Maggie Mistal

    Very interesting Craig. I didn’t realize the color representation on the UK flag and where each came from. Wonder why Wales didn’t get inclusion. Great photo too – looks like iconic London weather. Stay educating! :)

    • craig zabransky

      So Iconic… Love the photo, thanks. And recent travels afforded me over two weeks in and near London; I felt rain drops every day. Every. Day.
      Not sure about why about Wales… I wonder if they prefer it that way or feel left out…
      Stay wondering about Wales, Craig