The view from the cab
For those who would like to know a little of the tradition of this Country let me tell you about the flag flown above Buckingham Palace and how public opinion has altered some conventional ways. Up until the death of Princess Diana it was customary for only one flag ever to be seen flying above the Queens residence, and that was the Royal Standard, which announced that Her Majesty was at ‘Home.’ On the day of Diana’s death, all flags in London were at half-mast as a sign of respect, but there was none on the Palace as the Royal Family were away. The outrage was palpable and self-evident in every newspaper, News Channel and spoken of by almost everyone you came across. There was even suggestions here, that the Monarchy was outdated and superfluous. Things eventually changed as they had to. Now there is always a flag hoisted, the Royal Standard when at ‘Home‘ and the Union flag when they are playing ‘Away.’ So now I can tell when she there and it is convenient to pop in for a cup of tea!
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