Happy St George’s Day!

Published Tuesday 23 April 2024 at 8:41

Today we’re wishing you a happy St George’s Day.

Despite being the patron saint of England, St George was born in Turkey in the third century, and he never actually visited England!

Here are a few more facts about St George which you may not already know:

  • He became popular with English kings from the 1200s, with Edward I having banners made with the emblem of St George
  • But the St George cross was not used to represent England until the reign of Henry VIII in the 1500s
  • During the Middle Ages, people believed that St George was one of the ‘Fourteen Holy Helpers’, a group of saints who could help during epidemic diseases
  • England is not the only country to celebrate St George – Venice, Genoa, Portugal, Ethiopia and Catalonia among others recognise him as their patron saint and have their own celebrations in his honour.

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