Did you know there’s no London flag? It is true. The place you know as London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, does not have its own flag. But the City of London, the City of London, the Financial district and historic cradle of the capital, has. You want to understand that story? Then follow the Reading
Flag of London or the City of London
For those who want to see a London flag without caring about the story, this is the City of London:
The flag of the City of London is based on the flag of England, with the Red Cross of São Jorge on a white background. In the upper left corner, a red sword represents the weapon that would have decapitated St Paul, the patron of the city (honored by St Paul’s Cathedral.)
Now that you know the flag of the City of London, let’s understand what the difference is from City to London to which we usually refer?
The London you know, the one that comes to mind when you remember Big Ben, for example, is actually Greater London. There is another London, smaller, that stays inside this Greater London. It’s City of London, a district that’s just over a square mile. That’s where the Romans settled on founded Londinium, in the 1st century, almost 2000 years ago.
Well, that Londinium expanded far beyond the borders before delimited by a wall, the London wall, whose ruins can be seen at some point in the city even today. So that historical region maintained its own identity, but it is part of a larger area, greater London.
The Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace and many other points associated with the government and royalty are located in the City of Westminster, a neighboring district that stays in greater London.
When you speak of Mayor of London, you usually refer to the mayor of Greater London. Boris Johnson, who implemented the bicycle rental system and became famous for his speeches and by captaining the Brexit campaign, was mayor of Greater London. The current prefect is Sadiq Khan, elected in 2016.
But don’t be terrified of not knowing that city of London has its own mayor, who assumes the role of promoting the city’s businesses.
This relationship between London and City of London is really peculiar. See other curiosities about this story:
City of London has its own police, the City of London police.
The City of London has its own flag.
The City of London has its own mayor, the Lord mayor, who is not the same prefect of Greater London.
Flag of England
The Flag of England has a white background, a centralized red Cross, the Cross of St. George. You see this flag primarily in football games, in which the UK selections Act separately, such as England, Scotland and Wales.
Flag of the United Kingdom or Britain
The United Kingdom flag is a junction of the flags of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The island of Great Britain does not have its own flag. When it speaks in Britain, it is usually talking about the United Kingdom, which counts with the countries of the island of Britain plus Northern Ireland, which is on the island of Ireland.
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