I HEARTEDLY endorse comments about the correct way to fly the Union Flag. The correct way to fly the flag should be taught in every primary school in the UK.
Children should also be told to reject wrong way up hand held Union flags when given out at parades, festivals etc. To deliberately fly the flag upside down is a signal indicating a situation of ‘distress’. It is also “lese Majeste” (which means: insulting the Crown), and is theoretically still a crime in the UK and its Commonwealth!
To those interested I would suggest they visit the following web site: www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/geography/unionjack7.html It includes: How can you tell if the Union Flag is upside down?
This website covers many aspects of British life and culture and the site should be on all school computers.
Many hand-held wrong way up flags are the result of lax quality control by manufacturers and importers. I am a vexillogist and I was taught the correct way to fly the Union Flag when I was in primary school in Scotland.
William and Kate’s marriage was a real tonic. I watched the TV coverage over and over again for several hours and I didn’t see a wrong way up Union Flag. The same can be said of the Golden Jubilee festivities, except for Ben Fogle, the BBC intrepid adventure reporter. His small rowing boat on the River Thames Pageant was the only boat with the Union Flag the wrong way up. The British Olympic Association needs to teach their Olympic athletes the right way to carry the flag. Several winning British Cyclists at the London and Melbourne Velodrome events.
The media, BBC and ITV, could do a lot to correct the situation by getting their facts correct. During an ITV Daybreak programme, Jessica Ennis was interviewed with a large prominent projected wrong way up Union Flag in the background.