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The White Ensign.
The White Ensign.

The White Ensign consists of a red St George's Cross on a white field with the Union Flag in the upper canton. It was most famously flown by Horatio Nelson at Trafalgar, and, in 1864, became the sole ensign of the Royal Navy, displacing the Red Ensign and the Blue Ensign. Image File history File links RN-White-Ensign. ... Image File history File links RN-White-Ensign. ... St Georges cross The St Georges cross, a red cross on a white background, is the national flag of England and was adopted for the uniform of English soldiers during the military expeditions by European powers to recapture the Holy Land from Muslims (Crusades of the 11th, 12th... Flag Ratio: 1:2 The Union Flag or Union Jack is the flag most commonly associated with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and was also used throughout the former British Empire. ... Lord Nelson Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (September 29, 1758 – October 21, 1805) was a British admiral who won fame as a leading naval commander. ... Trafalgar can refer to: Cape Trafalgar in south west Spain The Battle of Trafalgar, fought near the cape. ... 1864 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the senior service of the British armed services, being the oldest of its three branches. ... 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 modern Blue Ensign of the United Kingdom The British Blue Ensign (1707–1801) English Blue Ensign as it appeared in the seventeenth century. ...

The ensign is flown on Royal Navy ships and at land bases operated by the navy, though use of the ensign on land is generally discouraged. It is also flown by the Royal Yacht Squadron and ships escorting the Queen. The Royal Yacht Squadron is considered by many people to be the world’s most prestigious yacht club located on the coast at Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. ... This article describes the British monarchy from the perspective of the United Kingdom. ...

The White Ensign is also used by some football supporters who write the name of their club along the horizontal arm of St. George's cross. As the White Ensign can only be used with the permission of the Royal Navy, the flying of the ensign by football fans is technically illegal, though it is unlikely that charges will ever be laid. To mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, restrictions on the use of the flag were temporarily lifted in October 2005. Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... Combatants United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland First French Empire, Spain Commanders The Viscount Nelson † Pierre Charles Silvestre de Villeneuve Strength 27 ships of the line, 4 frigates, 2 others France: 18 ships of the line, 8 others Spain: 15 ships of the line Casualties 449 killed; 1,214... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

A White Ensign without the St. George's Cross is used as the flag of the British Antarctic Territory. This ensign is defaced in the fly with the coat of arms of the territory. Image File history File links Flag_of_the_British_Antarctic_Territory. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_British_Antarctic_Territory. ... Flag of the British Antarctic Territory The British Antarctic Territory is the British claim to land and islands in Antarctica, and is the oldest territorial claim on the continent. ... Flag of the British Antarctic Territory The British Antarctic Territory is the British claim to land and islands in Antarctica, and is the oldest territorial claim on the continent. ... Defacement is a vexillology term referring to the practise of adding badges, devices or other symbols to an existing flag. ... The design and description of flags typically uses specialised flag terminology with precise and technical meanings (a form of jargon). ... A modern coat of arms is derived from the medi val practice of painting designs onto the shield and outer clothing of knights to enable them to be identified in battle, and later in tournaments. ...

See also

The White Ensign. ...

External links

Flags of the United Kingdom
UK Union Jack | Royal Standard
Home Nations England | Scotland | Northern Ireland (unofficial) | Wales
Ensigns Blue Ensign | Red Ensign | White Ensign | Royal Air Force Ensign

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Australian White Ensign - General RAN History (Sea Power Centre - Australia) (512 words)
This was a Blue ensign defaced by the badge of the individual colony.
The representatives from Australia and Canada proposed that the ensign should be a white ensign defaced by the emblem of the particular dominion.
The ensign was described as being a "white flag with the Union Flag in the upper canton at the hoist with six blue stars positioned as in the Australian flag".
Ensign - LoveToKnow 1911 (252 words)
In the British navy, ensign has a specific meaning, and is the name of a flag having a red, white or blue ground, with the Union Jack in the upper corner next the staff.
The white ensign (which is sometimes further distinguished by having the St George's Cross quartered upon it) is only used in the royal navy and the royal yacht squadron, while the blue and red ensigns are the badges of the naval reserve, some privileged companies, and the merchant service respectively (see Flag).
In the 16th century ensign was corrupted into "ancient," and was used in the two senses of a banner and the bearer of the banner.
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