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The 1536 Act of Union

Story of Welsh: On The Brink, first broadcast 5 Febuary 2003

The Act of Union ordered by Henry VIII in 1536 signalled problems for the Welsh language as the Act made English the only official tongue.


The Welsh flag

Image of the Welsh flag

Y Ddraig Goch

The current flag was adopted by royal decree only in 1959.


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