The upcoming Jubilee bank holiday weekend between June 2nd and June 5th is set to be a memorable one and patriotic decorations are certainly an important part of the celebrations.
Ahead of the long weekend, Regent Street has been decorated with large strings of Union Jack flags that can be seen hanging above London’s popular shopping street.
However, the patriotic display has led to a huge debate on social media.
Regent Street’s Jubilee flag display sparks debate
The debate was sparked after Stephen James, a teacher and Conservative Party member, shared a TikTok video of Regent Street’s flag display on Twitter.
“How amazing does Regent Street look? All streets should be looking like this, all the time,” he captioned the social media post.
His post has amassed almost 900,000 views at the time of writing but the video has become the target of extreme allegations in the comments section.
While preparation for the Queen’s jubilee has been several years in the making, some Twitter users have called the flag display “excessive”, while others have likened it to Nazi Germany.
Many people on Twitter have slammed the comparison of the Union Jack flag display with the Nazi regime and have called these social media reactions “extreme”.
“Don’t care about an excessive display of flags along Regent Street. Do care about how much money is being spent on this Jubilee fiasco when the cost of living is at an all time high. It leaves a bad after-taste,” tweeted one user.
“Anybody comparing this country to Nazi Germany, because of all the union flags flying in Regent Street and across the UK, need to seek serious help. We should be proud to see the sight of our flag, especially as we go into the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee,” wrote Kevin Edger.
Another Twitter user wrote: “It’s revealing how a few flags for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion seem to tip some people into rage and mild insanity.”
“Seems a little extreme reaction to flags meant for the Jubilee,” agreed another user.
A fourth user added: “The Union flags on Regent Street are a benign symbol of celebration during the year of a platinum jubilee. It is a unique moment in history that will likely never be seen again following a significant period of lock-down restrictions. Comparisons to Nazi Germany are a stretch.”
Someone else said: “For the Jubilee this is understandable in Regent Street. But all streets, all the time? That would be a nightmare for local councils. Someone has to maintain those flags.”
Flag displays like these have been seen before
For many years, Union Jack flags have been used to celebrate national holidays as people in the UK mark the occasion with patriotic decorations.
A string of large flags were hung in the exact same way over Regent Street for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Many people also use Union Jack bunting to decorate their gardens for other festivities such as VE day.
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