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He argues that “celebrating Englishness” does not “mean you are celebrating the Empire” or insulting other nations.
The 47-year-old told Express.co.uk: “It doesn’t mean that you hate the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish.
“We are living in a time when to celebrate national identity is interpreted as dislike or even blind hatred of multiculturalism and internationalism.”
Ben Fogle called on the English public to ‘reclaim Saint George’s Day’ in a rant about Englishness
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He told Express.co.uk: “We should be proud of the distinction that differs from our union of nations.”
Fogle, who had a Scottish grandfather with Eastern European heritage and Canadian father, said he proudly “defines” himself as “English”.
This led him to fight for the right to celebrate St George’s Day and felt patriotic displays should not be misinterpreted by others.
Ben Fogle believed a lot of English people felt too ’embarrassed’ to celebrate Saint George’s Day
The TV star argues that “national days of celebration” are “the source of worldwide pride” and something England should mark.
Fogle told Express.co.uk: “Scotland has Saint Andrew’s Day, Wales has Saint David’s and Ireland has Saint Patrick’s Day.
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Fogle feels celebrations on April 23 could and “should be something more” than the previous displays in honour of patron saint and Englishness.
He describes “Englishness” as a “collective spirit” that is not necessarily defined “solely” by “heritage” but “belonging”.
The star also argues that “you don’t have to conform to a certain genealogy” because being English is “a mind-set”.
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“I feel a great pride in my Englishness, not in a jingoistic, BNP, xenophobic pride, but a pride in the experience of living in England for 47 years.”
Fogle highlights “the problem” many people face is that to “define oneself as English and to celebrate” is often “seen as a sleight against the wider union”.
He said: “The polarity of popular culture means that to celebrate Englishness is seen by many as a snub, even an insult, against the other nations in our Union.
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Fogle urges the public to “collectively lift our cups of tea and cucumber sandwiches to the rainy sky” in celebration of England this Friday.
He told Express.co.uk: “Raise them to England, our England, my England – a nation whose green and pleasant land has been shaped by her weather.”
Fogle isn’t the only one calling for change – a 2019 Daily Express poll found 92 percent of readers wanted to make St George’s Day a bank holiday.
Ben Fogle called for English people to celebrate England with cups of tea and cucumber sandwiches
St George’s Day, which occurs on April 23, previously was a national holiday in England but fell out of favour in the 18th century.
The patron saint is best-known through mythology, which claims he saved a princess after slaying a dragon – a symbolic reference to the Devil in the Middle Ages.
St George fought against the Great Persecution of Christians and likely never set foot in the UK.
Saint George was a soldier in the Roman army and was praised for his bravery and Christian faith
In 303 AD, St George was imprisoned and tortured for his unwavering Christian beliefs before being beheaded on April 23 – the day he is celebrated in England.
The legendary figure was adopted into English culture by King Edward III, who established the Order of the Garter in his name.
Currently within that order, which recognises chivalry, is Prince Charles and no more than 24 other living members, mainly composed of royals.