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Post and Go - Union Flag
Royal Mail's third Post & Go issue for 2012 features the Union Flag. Royal Mail's third post and go issue of 2012, it this time turns its attention to the Union Flag. The issue features one 1st class Union Jack stamp.
Limited Signed Edition
A small number of these covers have been personally signed by Sir Michael Beetham (both the machine and bureau covers). Sir Michael Beetham GCB, CBE, DFC, AFC, FRAeS, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, joined the RAF as an 18 year old volunteer in 1941. He is the longest serving Marshal of the Royal Air Force, President of the 50/61 Squadrons Association, completed a tour of operations with 50 Squadron during 1943/44.
The Union Jack - A Short History
The British flag combines the crosses of the three countries united under one Sovereign, England and Wales, Scotland and N Ireland. The cross of St George, patron saint of England since the 1270's, is a red cross on a white ground. In 1606, after James I succeeded to the throne, it was combined with the saltire cross of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, a diagonal white cross on a blue ground. The saltire cross of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is a diagonal red cross on a white ground. This was combined with the previous Union Flag of St George and St Andrew, after the Act of Union of Ireland with England (and Wales) and Scotland on 1 January 1801, to create the Union Flag that has been flown ever since.
The Welsh dragon does not appear on the Union Flag. This is because when the first Union Flag was created in 1606, the Principality of Wales was already united with England and was no longer a separate principality.
The Union Flag is flown above Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Sandringham when The Queen is not in residence, replacing the Royal Standard and on Government buildings on days marking the birthdays of members of the Royal Family, Commonwealth Day, Coronation Day, The Queen's official birthday, Remembrance Day and on the days of the State Opening and prorogation of Parliament.
The term 'Union Jack' possibly dates from Queen Anne's time (r. 1702-14), but its origin is uncertain. It may come from the 'jack-et' of the English or Scottish soldiers, or from the name of James I who originated the first union in 1603. Another alternative is that the name may be derived from a proclamation by Charles II that the Union Flag should be flown only by ships of the Royal Navy as a jack, a small flag at the bowsprit; the term 'jack' once meant small.
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Quick Facts: Post and Go - Union Flag is a First-day Cover Issue date : 21st May 2012
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