Before proceeding further, let me show you what the flags of Australia and New Zealand look like:
As you must have noticed, one striking similarity between the two flags is the presence of the same symbol at the top left corner of both the flags. This symbol is nothing but the Union Jack– flag of the United Kingdom (Btw, don’t get confused between UK and England. There is a difference between UK, Great Britain and England which I’ll cover in a future post.)
But why do Australia and New Zealand display flag of some other country on their national flag?
The presence of Union Jack in the national flag of Australia and New Zealand has its symbolic importance. It represents the link between Australia/New Zealand and UK. Both Australia and New Zealand, like India, were a part of British colonies. They are now a part of British Commonwealth Nation, and presence of Union Jack symbolizes that connection.
As is clear from the above definition of Commonwealth, Australia and New Zealand recognizes the Queen of UK-Elizabeth-II as the head of their state. So these countries display Union Jack in their flag.
Apart from this, there are a couple of other similarities between the two flags.
First is the presence of stars at the right hand side of the flag, which are arranged in the same pattern on both the flags (though Australian flag has one star more than New Zealand’s flag, and also the color of stars is different). These stars represent the Southern Cross constellation – a group of stars that can be seen only from Southern Hemisphere of the Earth.
Second is the blue background color.
Other countries displaying Union Jack on their flag
Australia and New Zealand are not the only countries having Union Jack in their flag. Bermuda and Fiji too have Union Jack present on their flag. If you know of some other countries having Union Jack on their flag, do tell us through your comments.
Update: Tuvalu is another country showing Union Jack on their flag. Thanks for the information Pooja.
If you also know of any such country, drop in a comment about it.
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