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British Symbols The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Each country in Britain has its own patron saint and floral emblem According to the legend the thistle saved the country from the enemies during the war. Welsh people think that the leek deals with the legends about St.David. According to the legend this Christian ascetic ate only bread and leek. Welsh people are convinced that daffodils opens as a sign of their love to St.David The national flower of Northern Ireland is the shamrock, a three-leaved plant similar to clover. It is a symbol of trinity Northern Ireland It is the first flag of England. St.George is a patron of England. He won the dragon. St. Andrew is one of the 12 apostles, which is known as the patron of Scotland. He advocated Christianity. The flag of the UK is a combination of the flags of England (the cross of St. George), Scotland (the cross of St. Andrew), and Ireland (the cross of St. Patrick). UK Royal Coat of Arms On the coat of arms you see three yellow leopards on the red background (coat of arms of England), a red lion on the yellow background (coat of arms of Scotland), a yellow harp on the blue background (coat of arms of Ireland) England has a leading role. Other British symbols British souvenirs The national anthem of Great Britain God save our gracious Queen long live our noble Queen, God save the Queen! Send her victorious, happy and glorious, long to reign over us: God save the Queen! O Lord our God arise, Thy choicest gifts in store on her be pleased to pour; long may she reign; may she defend our laws, and ever give us cause to sing with heart and voice "God save the Queen!" The author of the anthem is Henry Carry. People sang it first in 1740. Strike down her enemies, And make them fall: Confound their politics, Frustrate their knavish tricks, On thee our hopes we fix: God save us all!