David Cameron has marked St George's Day, insisting he is equally proud to be English and British.
The Prime Minister hailed the growing popularity of the celebration of England's patron saint.
The comments came as research suggested that nearly three quarters of the population want April 23 to be made a public holiday.
Mr Cameron said: "I send my best wishes to everyone celebrating St George's Day. I think it's great that in recent years it has become more and more popular to mark St George's Day.
"I'm very proud to be English and I think it is important that people in England can celebrate St George's Day, just as other nations of the United Kingdom celebrate their patron saint's days.
"Over the weekend, events were held from Cornwall to Cumbria and from London to Lancashire to celebrate everything it is to be English.
"And today, England's national symbol - the flag of St George - will fly high over Downing Street, just as it will over public buildings, churches and schools all across England.
"But as those of us in England mark this special day, so we also remain just as proud to be part of the United Kingdom - a family of nations that will always be stronger together than they ever would be apart."
Polling by YouGov for the IPPR think-tank and Cardiff and Edinburgh Universities found 73% wanted St George's Day to be a public holiday. Nearly two in five people living in England say they are "equally English and British".
But the proportion who regarded themselves as "more English than British" or "English not British" was 35% - compared to 17% who said they were "more British than English" or "British not English".