The Alternate England Flag

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

If you fancy flying the England flag (a good way to wave two fingers at the EU) but you are worried by the fact that the cross of St George has (sadly) been rather hijacked by football supporters and is also dismissed as racist by mad, racist Remainers (many of whom hate England and the English), there is an excellent alternative.

The other England flag is the three lions Ė as used on cricket, rugby and soccer shirts. This is the emblem also used on some English coins - though for some reason the 10p piece has just two lions. (Presumably, the idiots at the Royal Mint canít count.)

The three lions go back to the 12th century.

It was Henry 1st (the lion of England) who first had a lion on his standard. He added a second lion because his first wife had a lion on her family crest. And then he added a third lion because his second wife had a lion on her standard.

Later in the 12th century, Richard III (aka Richard the Lionheart) adopted the three lion flag: three golden lions on a red/maroon field or background.

The cross of St George has only been used as an England flag since 1606 when it was used in the design of the Union Flag. It does seem likely, however, that the red cross was used by English soldiers from the late 13th century onwards.

However, the fact is that the original England flag consists of three gold lions on a red background.

So thatís the flag now currently flying on our flagpole.

Looks rather smart, too.

Copyright Vernon Coleman 2018