Symbols of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

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This is a list of the symbols of the United Kingdom, its constituent countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), and the British Crown dependencies (the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). Each separate entry has its own set of unique symbols.

Symbols of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland[edit]

Sovereign state   National Personification   National Animal(s)    Coat of Arms   Motto   Anthem  
United Kingdom
Flag of the United Kingdom
(Union Jack)
Flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Britannia
National Personification: Britannia
Lion
National Animal: Lion

Bulldog
National Animal: Buldog
Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom
Coat of Arms: 1st and 4th Quarters: A Red Lion on a Yellow Field, surrounded by a red double royal tressure flory counter-flory device, representing Scotland; 2nd Quarter: 3 Gold Lions on a Red Field, representing England; 3rd Quarter: Gold Harp on a Dark Blue Field, representing Northern Ireland

Coat of Arms (for use in Scotland): 1st and 4th Quarters: 3 Gold Lions on a Red Field, representing England; 2nd Quarter: A Red Lion on a Yellow Field, surrounded by a red double royal tressure flory counter-flory device, representing Scotland; 3rd Quarter: Gold Harp on a Dark Blue Field, representing Northern Ireland
Dieu et mon droit
(French)
"God and my right"
(as used in England, Northern Ireland & Wales)

In Defens
(Scots)
"In Defence"
(as used in Scotland)
"God Save the Queen"

Note: "Queen" is replaced with "King" in the lyrics whenever the monarch is male.

Cultural Symbols of Britain[edit]

Food and Drink[edit]

  • Bangers and mash A traditional British meal of sausages and mashed potatoes.
  • Fish and Chips The quintessentially British meal. It is the national dish of the United Kingdom.
  • Chicken Tikka Masala A dish invented in Britain based upon Indian cuisine.
  • Tea Tea is the national drink of Britain.

National Dress[edit]

Individual countries of the United Kingdom[edit]

Country   Patron Saint   National Flower(s)    National Animal(s)    Coat of Arms   Motto   Anthem  
England
Flag of England
Flag of England
St. George[1]
Patron Saint: St. George
Tudor Rose[2]
National Flower: Tudor Rose
Lion[3]
National Animal: Lion
Royal Arms of England
Coat of Arms: 3 Gold Lions on a Red Field
Dieu et mon droit
(French)
"God and my right"
None
See Proposed national anthems of England.
Scotland
Flag of Scotland
Flag of Scotland
St. Andrew[4]
Patron Saint: St. Andrew
Thistle[2]
National Flower: Thistle
Unicorn[5]
National Animal: Unicorn
Royal Arms of Scotland
Coat of Arms: A Red Lion on a Yellow Field, surrounded by a red double royal tressure flory counter-flory device
In Defens
(Scots)
"In Defence"
Flower of Scotland
(de facto)
See also Proposed national anthems of Scotland.
Wales
Flag of Wales
Flag of Wales
St. David[6]
Patron Saint: St. David
Leek[2]
National Flower: Leek

or

Daffodil[2]
National Flower: Daffodil
Red Dragon[7]
National Animal: Red Dragon
Royal Badge of Wales
Coat of Arms: A Red Dragon on a Green and White Field
Cymru am byth
(Welsh)
"Wales forever"
Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
(Welsh)
"Land of my Fathers"
Northern Ireland
There has been no official national flag of Northern Ireland[8] since 1973. However the official flag between 1953-1973 (seen below) has continued to be the de facto Flag of Northern Ireland through its use by international sporting organisations.[9] See Northern Ireland flags issue for more information.

Ulster banner.svg

St. Patrick[2]
Patron Saint: St. Patrick
Flax Flower[10]
National Flower: Flax

or

Shamrock[2]
National Flower: Shamrock
None None
Former Coat of arms of Northern Ireland:
Coat of Arms: St. George's Cross, with the Imperial Crown on top of the Red Hand of Ulster, in the centre
None Londonderry Air
(de facto)

Symbols of the British Crown Dependencies[edit]

The Channel Islands[edit]

Bailiwick of Jersey[edit]

Country   Patron Saint   Traditional Animal Nickname    Coat of Arms   Motto   Anthem  
Jersey
Flag of Jersey
Flag of Jersey
St. Helier
Patron Saint: St. Helier
Crapauds
Traditional Animal Nickname: Toad/Crapauds
Coat of Arms of Jersey
Coat of Arms: 3 Gold Lions on a Red Field
- "Ma Normandie"
(French)
My Normandy

Bailiwick of Guernsey[edit]

Country   Patron Saint   National Flower   Traditional Animal Nickname    Coat of Arms   Motto   Anthem  
Guernsey
Flag of Guernsey
Flag of Guernsey
St. Peter
Pope-peter pprubens.jpg
Guernsey Lily
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Les ânes
Traditional Animal Nickname: Donkeys/les ânes
Coat of arms of Guernsey
Coat of Arms: 3 Gold Lions on a Red Field, surmounted by a small branch of leaves
- "Sarnia Cherie"
Sark
Flag of Sark
Flag of Sark
St. Magloire - Corbins
Traditional Animal Nickname: Crows/Corbins
Coat of arms of Sark
Coat of Arms: 2 Gold Lions on a Red Field
- "Sarnia Cherie"
(Guernsey)
Alderney
Flag of Alderney
Flag of Alderney
St. Anne - Lapins
Traditional Animal Nickname: Rabbits/Lapins
Coat of arms of Alderney
Coat-of-Arms
- "Sarnia Cherie"
(Guernsey)
Herm
Flag of Herm
Flag of Herm
St Tugual - - Coat of Arms of Herm
Coat of Arms: A Yellow diagonal Stripe containing 3 Monks, on top of a Blue Field, with 2 Silver Dolphins in the bottom-left and top-right hand corners
- "Sarnia Cherie"
(Guernsey)

The Isle of Man[edit]

Country   Patron Saint   National Flower(s)    Coat of Arms   Motto   Anthem  
Isle of Man
Flag of the Isle of Man
Flag of the Isle of Man
St. Maughold Cushag (popularly)
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or Fuchsia[11]
Fuchsia magellanica.jpg
Coat of arms of the Isle of Man
Coat of Arms: A Triskelion (3 bent legs) on a Red Field
Quocunque Jeceris Stabit
(Latin)
"Wherever you throw it, it will stand"
"O Land of Our Birth"

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