Hanging your Jubilee flags the right way
We are approaching the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend so the Union Jacks are appearing all over the UK. It’s wonderful to see them but did you know there is a correct way to hang our national flag?
The Union Jack combines the Cross of St Andrew (Scotland) with the Cross of St Patrick (Ireland) placed over the Cross of St George (England). The correct way to hang the flag is with the wider white diagonals on top next to the flag pole. It can be rotated but as it is not entirely symmetrical you can’t invert it. This little known fact leads to it often been seen upside down!
Deliberately flying a Union Jack upside down is actually known to be a signal of distress – or an insult to Crown. It is technically still a crime in the UK and the Commonwealth so make sure you hang yours the correct way!
The past couple of years has seen a profusion of Union Jacks appearing on high street products. It sometimes seems the flag is available in every possible colour combination and on every product you could imagine! If you plan to spend the weekend in bed maybe this patriotic bedding from John Lewis is for you. Although the designers have slightly changed the colours the dimensions of the flag are correct – and it’s the right way up!
We should all get into the Jubilee spirit and celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s dedication to our country. So get your Union Jack’s out – just make sure they are flown the right way, you really don’t want to be celebrating the Jubilee in the Tower of London
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