‘Since today is St David’s Day, Travel Bug thought he’d celebrate by uncovering 3 fascinating facts about Wales…’

There be dragons…

Travel Bug likes dragons and noticed that Wales has a red dragon (ddraig goch in Welsh) on its flag.  Since Scotland doesn’t have any animals on its flag, TB like the Welsh one better.  The red dragon is the dragon of Cadwaladr, the King of Gwynedd, and the green and white background represent the Tudor colours.  It was officially recognised as the official flag of Wales in 1959, although red dragons have been associated with Wales for centuries.

There be sheep…

There are thought to be 4 times as many sheep in Wales as there are people (and bugs).  Travel Bug likes this because sheep are very friendly and cosy.  As he lives next to a farm, he sometimes gets sheep visiting his garden and eating the grass.  He has a sheep teddy bear in his bedroom which he calls Griff Fleece Jones.

There be no representation…

Travel Bug was recently looking at the Union Jack flag and working out all the nations on it.  He was upset to see that Wales is the only country in the UK not to be included.  The flag has the white Saltire of St Andrew, the red saltire of St Patrick and the red cross of St George to represent Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.

The reason for this is that when the flag was created, Wales was part of the Kingdom of England and classed as a principality.  Although this is no longer the case, the Welsh flag still doesn’t feature.  This makes Travel Bug very sad.  He thinks they should just stick a big red dragon on the front and be done with it.

Do you have any other fascinating facts about Wales to share with the Travel Bug?

Happy St. David’s Day! Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!


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