Updated at 2024-02-23
In Europe, coats of arms are symbols of glory and lineage. Of the one million coat of arms designs preserved since the Middle Ages, 15 percent include lion. Lion symbolizes strength, valor, power, and nobility. Lions have been an essential part of the UK’s royal coat of arms since William I established the Norman dynasty in 1066. It can be said that lion represents the British royal family. The paperweight in the image has a golden guardant lion like the one found on the crest of the UK royal coat of arms.
Flag: The British call it "Union Flag" or "Union Jack." The flag consists of England's red cross of St. George edged in white; Scotland's St. Andrew's Cross, a white saltire on a blue field; and Ireland's St. Patrick's Cross, a red saltire on a white area. The flag has become a design element for the flags of some Commonwealth of Nations member states.
Area: 243,610 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 68,100,000 people
Currency: pound sterling
Government: Constitutional monarchy (hereditary monarchy) and parliamentary cabinet system