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Encyclopedia > Blue ensign
RFA Brambleleaf flying the square Blue Jack based on the Blue Ensign
RFA Brambleleaf flying the square Blue Jack based on the Blue Ensign

The Blue Ensign is a flag, one of several British ensigns, used by certain organisations or territories associated with the United Kingdom. It is used either plain, or defaced with a badge or other emblem. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 531 pixelsFull resolution (3216 × 2136 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 531 pixelsFull resolution (3216 × 2136 pixel, file size: 1. ... RFA Brambleleaf (A81) was a small fleet tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. ... It has been suggested that the section intro from the article Civil flag be merged into this article or section. ... The White Ensign. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The evolution of the Blue Ensign followed that of the Union Flag. The ensign originated in the 1600s with the St. George's cross (see Flag of England) in the canton, and with a blue field background (top right). “Union Jack” redirects here. ... The St Georges cross, a red cross on a white background, is the national flag of England and has been since about 1277. ... The Flag of England (5:3) The Flag of England is the St Georges Cross. ...


The Act of Union 1707 united Scotland, England and Wales in the Kingdom of Great Britain and produced a new blue ensign which placed the Union Flag in the canton. With the Act of Union 1800, Ireland joined the United Kingdom and the St Patrick's Cross was added to the Union Flag of the United Kingdom and, accordingly, to the cantons of the British ensigns from 1 January 1801. The Acts of Union were twin Acts of Parliament passed in 1707 (taking effect on 26 March) by the Parliament of England and the Parliament of Scotland. ... For an explanation of terms such as Scotland, Wales, England, (Great) Britain and United Kingdom, see British Isles (terminology). ... The Act of Union 1800 merged the Kingdom of Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain (itself a merger of England and Wales and Scotland under the Act of Union 1707) to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 1 January 1801. ... The national flag of the Ireland (Irish: An Bhratach Náisiúnta), also known as the tricolour,[1] is a vertical tricolour of green (at the hoist), white, and orange. ... “Union Jack” redirects here. ... The Union Jack, flag of the newly formed United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. ...

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Plain blue ensign

Prior to the reorganisation of the Royal Navy in 1864, the plain blue ensign had been the ensign of one of three squadrons of the Royal Navy, the "Blue Squadron." This changed in 1864, when an order in council provided that the Red Ensign was allocated to merchantmen, the Blue Ensign was to be flag of ships in public service or commanded by an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve, and the White Ensign was allocated to the Navy. This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... “RNR” redirects here. ...


Thus, after 1864, the plain blue ensign is permitted to be worn, instead of the Red Ensign, by two categories of civilian vessel:- The Red Ensign, as currently used by the United Kingdoms Merchant Navy The Red Ensign is a flag that originated in the early 1600s as an ensign flown by the Royal Navy. ...

  • British merchant vessels whose officers and crew include a certain number of retired Royal Navy personnel or Royal Navy reservists, or are commanded by an officer of the Royal Navy Reserve in possession of a Government warrant. The number and rank of such crew members required has varied over the years, as have the additional conditions required, since the system was first introduced in 1864.
  • Yachts belonging to members of certain long-established British yacht clubs, for example the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club. Permission for yachts to wear the blue ensign (and other special yachting ensigns) was suspended during both World War I and World War II.

This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... Naval Reserve Ensign flown by vessels commanded by officers in the RNR. The Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) is the volunteer reserve force of the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

Defaced blue ensign

Since 1864, the Blue Ensign is defaced with a badge or emblem, to form the ensign of United Kingdom government departments or public bodies, for example:- This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

  • Vessels belonging to members of certain British Yacht Clubs (for example, the Royal Harwich Yacht Club)
  • Government vessels of UK overseas territories. This usage stems from the fact that in 1867–69, orders in council provided that the ensign for vessels in the service of any of the British colonies was to be the Blue Ensign, charged in the fly with the seal of the colony. Any British colony with ships in its service thus had reason to use the Blue Ensign. This worldwide, imperial use is the origin of the use of the Blue Ensign by many areas today, such as the Australian states.

The defaced blue ensign was formerly used as: A United Kingdom overseas territory (formerly known as a dependent territory or earlier as a crown colony) is a territory that is under the sovereignty and formal control of the United Kingdom but is not part of the United Kingdom proper (Great Britain and Northern Ireland). ...

  • In the first half of the 20th century, Blue Ensigns for each province of Canada often appeared in charts of "all the world's flags", but these flags were just fantasies of the artists who drew the charts, and then copied by other artists putting together similar charts. They never existed in real life.

Flags of UK Overseas Territories using the Blue Ensign

These include: A United Kingdom overseas territory (formerly known as a dependent territory or earlier as a crown colony) is a territory that is under the sovereignty and formal control of the United Kingdom but is not part of the United Kingdom proper ( Great Britain and Northern Ireland). ...

Flag Ratio: 1:2 The national flag of Anguilla consists of a Blue Ensign with the British flag in the upper left, and the coat of arms of Anguilla in the lower right corner. ... Image File history File links Government_Ensign_of_Bermuda. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 Flag of the Governor of the British Virgin Islands The Flag of the British Virgin Islands was adopted on November 15, 1960. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 The flag of the Cayman Islands was adopted in 1959. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 Civil ensign; Flag ratio: 1:2 Governor of the Falkland Islands flag Malvinas Flag according to Argentina The Flag of the Falkland Islands was adopted on September 29, 1948. ... Image File history File links Government_Ensign_of_Gibraltar. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The flag of Montserrat is a defaced Blue Ensign. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The flag of the Pitcairn Islands was adopted on April 2, 1984. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The Flag of Saint Helena and Dependencies was adopted on October 4, 1984. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands is similar to the flags of other British dependencies and colonies as it has the Union Flag in the upper hoist-side corner. ... The flag of the HKSAR Flag ratio: 2:3 The HKSAR and the PRC flags brandishing at the patio of the Legislative Council. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...

National flags based on the Blue Ensign

These include:

National flag and state ensign. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 The current state flag of New South Wales was officially adopted in 1876. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 The state flag of Queensland is a British Blue Ensign defaced with the state badge on a white disc in the fly. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 The current state flag of South Australia, a state of Australia, was officially adopted in 1904. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 The current state flag of Tasmania was officially adopted by the government of Tasmania in 1875. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 The current state flag of Victoria in Australia is a British Blue Ensign defaced by the state badge of Victoria in the fly. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 The current state flag of Western Australia was officially adopted by the government of Western Australia in 1953. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The flag of Fiji was adopted on October 10, 1970. ... The Flag of New Zealand is a defaced blue ensign with the Union Flag in the canton, and four red stars with white borders to the right. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The Flag of the Cook Islands is based on the traditional design for former British colonies in the Pacific region. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The current Flag of Tuvalu was instated when the country became independent in 1978, after the separation from the Gilberts in 1976. ...

Other flags based on the Blue Ensign

Ka Hae Hawaii, or the Flag of Hawaii Ka Hae Hawaii, or the Flag of Hawaii, is the official standard symbolizing Hawaii as a kingdom (under a short British annexation), protectorate, republic, territory and state. ...

See also

The White Ensign. ... The current Australian flag The Australian flag debate is a low-key but persistent debate over whether the Australian flag should be changed in order to remove the Union Flag from the canton, often in connection with the issue of republicanism in Australia. ... The Flag of New Zealand is a defaced blue ensign with the Union Flag in the canton, and four red stars with white borders to the right. ... The Green Ensign is an historic flag flown by some Irish merchant vessels from the 17th Century to the early 20th Century. ... The Red Ensign, as currently used by the United Kingdoms Merchant Navy The Red Ensign is a flag that originated in the early 1600s as an ensign flown by the Royal Navy. ... The White Ensign. ... Ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy. ... This is a list of flags used by and in the United Kingdom and related territories. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 Flag Ratio: 3:5 The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland uses as its national flag the Royal Banner commonly known as the Union Flag or, popularly, Union Jack (although officially this title should only be given to the flag when it is flown... “Union Jack” redirects here. ... Home Nations (often written as the common noun home nations) is a term used to refer to the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — collectively but as separate entities, distinct from the United Kingdom as a state. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... The Flag of England (5:3) The Flag of England is the St Georges Cross. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales. ... Flag ratio: 2:3 The Welsh Dragon on the tailfin of an Air Wales ATR 42 aircraft. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... The Saltire, the flag of Scotland, a white saltire with an official Pantone 300 coloured field. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Northern_Ireland. ... The Union Flag is used by the British government for official events in Northern Ireland. ... Image File history File links Royal_Standard_of_England. ... For other monarch’s standards, see Royal Standard (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Royal_Standard_of_Scotland. ... For other monarch’s standards, see Royal Standard (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Royal Standard of Scotland The Royal Standard of Scotland, also known as the Royal Standard of the King of Scots or more commonly The Lion Rampant is the flag used historically by the King of Scots. ... The White Ensign. ... Image File history File links Government_Ensign_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Image File history File links Civil_Ensign_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Red Ensign, as currently used by the United Kingdoms Merchant Navy The Red Ensign is a flag that originated in the early 1600s as an ensign flown by the Royal Navy. ... Image File history File links Naval_Ensign_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The White Ensign. ... Image File history File links Ensign_of_the_Royal_Air_Force. ... Royal Air Force Ensign The Royal Air Force Ensign is the official flag which used to represent the Royal Air Force. ... Image File history File links Civil_Air_Ensign_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... British Civil Air Ensign. ...

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Blue Ensign - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (650 words)
The Blue Ensign is a flag, one of several British ensigns, used by certain organisations or territories associated with the United Kingdom.
The ensign originated in the 1600's with the St.
Thus, after 1864, the plain blue ensign is permitted to be worn, instead of the Red Ensign, by two categories of civilian vessel: First, British merchant vessels whose officers and crew include a certain number of retired Royal Navy personnel, or Royal Navy reservists.
Red Ensign - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1821 words)
Until 1864, the Red Ensign was the principal ensign of the Royal Navy, and as such it was worn by ships of the Red Squadron of the navy, as well as by those warships that were not assigned to any squadron (i.e., those sailing under independent command).
A few years later (1867–1869), the Admiralty determined that the blue ensign charged with an appropriate badge in the fly would be used as the ensign by those ships in the armed, or public, service of the many British colonies.
As a result, the Blue Ensign was used throughout the Empire and thus became the model for the flags used by a number of colonies and former colonies in the British Empire.
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