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Flying the Union Jack flag upside down

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This may seem like a pointless gripe to some, but it is really starting to bug me.

My gripe is about our British flag, The Union Jack.  It is something that I am very proud of as I come from a proud British family with a British military back ground.  Now I know not everyone will be aware that there is a right and wrong way to fly our flag, and personally I think its sad that so many British people are ignorant of this.

To fly the flag the correct way up, the broad portion of the white cross should always be ABOVE the thinner red band running alongside it, at the point close to the top of the flag pole (top left corner as you look at it).  For it to be shown flying upside down is seen as a distress signal (traditionally in military and history dating back to 18th Century).  In actual fact it could be deemed insulting and theoretically still carries a punishment in England and Wales.

So why during our Queens Jubilee and coming Olympics does it seam that people cannot get this right?  Im not talking about little shops and private homes, an error there can probably be forgiven.  I am referring to the big name companies and the entertainment industry.  I have seen our flag in multiple newspapers and magazines UPSIDE-DOWN...  Seriously?  You just photo-shopped it and didnt bother to check that it was oriented the correct way didnt you? 

A Union Jack flag upside down

The Union Jack upside down (image left)

Big companies and well known brands could at least hire someone to just make sure these small details are correct?  If they set up another countrys flag the wrong way around Im sure there would be hell to pay.

Our flag is designed this way for a reason.  Even the supermarkets keep getting it wrong.  This is our countrys flag, if your going to make money when using it, then at least get it the right way round!  Once or twice is silly, but I see it everywhere! 

I actually work for an American company and when they put up the flag for the Jubilee celebrations, they asked us which way up?  The ones getting this wrong most often are British companies who really should know better.  Its just so annoying.  Show some respect and check first if youre not sure!

Well thats it and I am sure I will get grief for this gripe.  But thats my view!


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Pleasurehawk

Pleasurehawk

I cannot agree more. What does it say about a nation and national pride when so many people do not know the difference and even when pointed out cannot see the difference.
Pleasurehawk
17th Jul 17 11:40

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Virginia

Virginia

This one of my pet hates too. I have just watched a 'Captain America' film and they showed a British Scene with our flag the wrong way up. In those instances they do pay someone to get things right but still get it wrong. I tell everyone who will listen. Unfortunately it's the British people who just shrug. Have they no respect for their country anymore.
Virginia
10th May 17 16:58

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Forb

Forb

It's not even a Union Flag they have used... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-eMt3SrfFU
Forb
21st Dec 16 00:49

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Peejay21

Peejay21

Not necessarily. Depends which side is the hoist side (can't see in this pic). if the hoist side of the flag is to the right of the pic, then the flag is not upside down. If it's to the left, then yes, it is upside down. Like I say. If the hoist side of the flag is to the right in your pic then you are seeing the flag 'from the back' as it were, and it's the right way up.
Peejay21
17th Aug 16 19:09

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Wity

Wity

Bloody Plonker, how can you say the image above is upside down? The flagpole could be on the right.
You'll be telling us next there's a front and a back to it.
Wity
24th Dec 14 14:17

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Boozer

Boozer

I fought it was meant to be flown upside down on acount of the fact that Austrlia is on thre wrong side of the world or somethin.
Boozer
30th Jun 14 20:23

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Flying Colours

Flying Colours

I wouldn't worry. When Scotland leaves the Union, and Ireland, the Flag of England becomes symmetrical once more.
Flying Colours
18th Dec 13 17:34

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Pedant

Pedant

Sorry, but isn't it the Union Flag? Or are you always at sea? :-)
Pedant
22nd Jul 12 18:14

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amerindub

amerindub

You'll get no grief from me. You are absolutely correct, especially in pointing out that big-name British companies should get it right first of all. But all British, if they choose to fly the flag, should take the time to learn how it is to be flown. Also, thank you Ant for pointing out that it is only recently, thanks to false internet memes, that people started believing that the term 'jack' is only used at sea. http://flaginstitute.org/index.php?location=7.2
amerindub
30th Jun 12 19:02

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Terry

Terry

I did not know until today that there is a correct way to carry thw Union Jack upright.
Terry
30th Jun 12 18:43

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Kenny (Site Admin)

Kenny (Site Admin)

Jack: Not many stock images of an upside down union flag on a flagpole for me to use and I didn't have the time to photoshop it. Weird that someone commented on that and not a word about the flag going down the drain that I created a few years ago! Oh well :-)
Kenny (Site Admin)
28th Jun 12 21:37

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EmigrantSoon

EmigrantSoon

Some of the flying upside down is deliberate (I speak from experience). A passif f*** y** to the Queen and this crappy country.
EmigrantSoon
21st Jun 12 06:46

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Boblet

Boblet

Your all right jack, a brilliant post. (I have to say a bit more or this site will not publish)
Boblet
20th Jun 12 15:02

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Ant

Ant

In 1808 Parliament declared the "Union Jack" as the National flag. Henceforth (until the pedants of the last 5yrs or so) it has been the Union Jack on land or sea. I don't understand the more recent insistence for news broadcasters and the like to bumble over the terms referring to it as the Union Flag Jack and many other useless statements. It is quite simple the Flag of our country is called the "Union Jack".
Ant
19th Jun 12 14:46

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Victoria

Victoria

Sweetie even as an American I know the white cross wasn't added until the 19th century.
Victoria
17th Jun 12 09:51

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