The England Flag is a red cross on a white background and is also known as St George’s Cross.
The British Union Flag was created in 1606 by combining St George's Cross and St Andrew's Cross, since then St George's Cross has been recognised as the national England Flag. The English Flag is a key component of the Union Flag, in which the flag is meant to represent the entire Kingdom of England which included what is modern day England and Wales.
In 1188 King Henry II of England and King Philip II of France staged the “Kings’ Crusade” in which King Henry adopted a white cross and King Philip adopted a red cross to distinguish between the English and French troops. After this crusade, the red cross on a white background became representative of the crusades and was used by many nations to show their support for them.
The first record of St George’s Cross being associated with St George arose in Genoa who adopted him as their patron saint some time in in the 12th century. England adopted St George as their patron saint in 1348. He is the patron saint of many places all over Europe and the Middle East. In England in 1552 all saints’ banners were abolished apart from St George’s in the English Reformation under King Edward VI who also used it as his royal standard.
St George or “George of Lydda” was a Greek Christian soldier in the Praetorian guard for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. He allegedly slayed a dragon in order to save the Princess of Libya, when he was rewarded by the King, he gave all the money to the poor and they then converted to Christianity. He died a martyr in 303 because he refused to recant his Christian faith.
Buy the best quality flags.
MrFlag® best quality outdoor printed flags are among the most versatile and best value flags on the market. Manufactured by us to produce optimum flying weights from top quality materials, our knitted polyester option is a fantastic combination of fly-ability and durability. For an even more durable option, try our exclusive Rhyfelwr™ polyester.
We expect our outdoor printed flags to last as well as sewn flags whilst flying much better at lower wind speeds. In our view, heavier sewn flags appear to last longer only because they spend less time flying in light wind.
If another flag maker claims that sewn flags last longer than printed for the same number of visible flying hours, challenge them to provide the test data!
Bold vivid colours on both sides of the flag.
Our colours are bright and vivid. We start with vibrant RGB art and lay down our own 8 colour bi-directional print onto the fabric, forcing far more ink through the weave than many of our competitors.
Most flag makers in the UK and across Europe send out flags with 75-85% show-through on the reverse – while some produce as little as 50-60% after tempting you with super-low prices.
Our flags regularly test as 95% show-through; a difference which is very nearly indistinguishable to the untrained eye.
Poor show-though on flags is almost always the result of cutting corners with ink volumes or value-adding processes.
'Anti fray' netting option.
Choosing the Antifray option results in a piece of white netting being sewn to the right edge of the flag. It is commonly held that this netting will fray first, thus prolonging the life of a flag – however we are not aware of any statistical evidence to back this up. We believe it is an unnecessary expense which, in many cases, has the opposite effect to that which is intended. We offer an 'antifray' option ONLY because customers occasionally insist on it. We do not recommend it.
Made to order.
These flags are made to order and customers should allow 5-7 days for them to be manufactured and despatched. If your order is time-sensitive, please tell us at the time of ordering.
- Our best quality flag.
- Recommended for regular outdoor use.
- Rhyfelwr™ option for extended outdoor use.
- Our colours are bright and vibrant.
- Double stitched hem.
- Choice of fittings.
- Anti fray netting option.
- Best value industry-standard 110-115gsm knitted polyester.
- Exclusive extra-durable Rhyfelwr™ polyester.
- Flame-retardant and labelled as such.
- Colourfast. Our colours do not run when wet.
How long do MrFlag flags last?
No flag lasts for ever. This is a universal truth.
Even flags as durable and well-made as ours will succumb to high winds. The stronger and more frequent the wind, the sooner your flag will need to be replaced. This is normal wear and tear.
We regularly receive reports of our standard 110-115gsm knitted polyester flags lasting 12-18 months or longer, but this is not the norm and should not be expected. Many customers need to replace their flags every six months or so and most within a year, but in the winter – especially during sustained high winds – this can be much less.
You can increase the life of any flag by taking it down at night, avoiding flying it during periods of severe weather, and also by ensuring that the flagpole is free of rough patches and protrusions upon which the flag can catch.
MrFlag® is the only flag maker in the world operated by a Fellow of the Flag Institute. This doesn't imply any particular endorsement of us by them (or vice versa) – though we have been a registered trade member since 1992 – it's just a fact. MrFlag® was also the very first flag maker in the UK to sell flags online.