FCO flies flags ofall UK territories in London

| 01/11/2012

8138384167.jpg(CNS): The Cayman Islands flag is currently flying in Parliament Square, alongside the UK’s other fifteen territories and its crown dependencies, for the first time. According to the Foreign Office, the flags of the remnants of Britain’s empire, which were hoisted yesterday, will be flown in the famous London square throughout the visit of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is in London until Friday 2 November. While the flags of the UK’s Commonwealth countries are always flown on state occasions, this is the debut appearance for those of the territories and dependencies.

The new minister with responsibility for the overseas territories, Mark Simmonds MP, said it was a sign of the UK government’s commitment to the OTs.

"I am really pleased to see the flags of the Overseas Territories being flown on a state occasion London. This brings representation of the Overseas Territories in line with the Commonwealth nations, which have long had their flags flown on such occasions,” he said. “Flying these flags is a sign to the people in the Territories, and those in the UK, of our renewed commitment to the Territories, which was outlined in our recent White Paper. I hope that this will help raise the profile of the Overseas Territories in the UK and around the world."

The flags of the Overseas Territories will from now on be flown on state occasions in London, including Trooping the Colour and other ceremonial occasions.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    LOL… as if…

  2. Whodatis says:

    Like shooting fish in a barrell.


  3. Whodatis says:

    Ok, it is official – I am a freakin' celebrity.

    By the way, I don't know about anyone else – but I only spend time addressing or thinking about individuals that I consider worthy, albeit not always admitted.

    Anything less would surely make me an obsessed fool.

    Which is it for some folks?

    • Ed says:

      No mate – you’re a nobody.  You’re like the annoying teenager who lives round the corner and gets on everyone’s nerves with his loud music and his disrespectful attitude and behaviour.  If I knew who your mother was I’d tell her to get you to stop it.

      A celebrity you are not but an "obsessed fool", you may well be.  I think we may have found something at last that we all can agree on.

      • Anonymous says:

        At least he has something to say. The tone of your second post really isn't deserved on that basis.

    • Garth says:

      We're not worthy. 

  4. Ed says:

    Come on Whodatis.  This is an open goal.  

    Let's hear about the appalling traffic fumes in Parliament Square; 

    the homless people sleeping rough on the green; 

    the exploitation of the immigrant cleaners in the surrounding offices 

    and please tell us about the number of stabbings there have been recently  in the locale. 

    I'm sure that you have the lowdown on Mark Simmons and can provide a number of reasons why he is not to be trusted.

    This is an opportunity you simply cannot afford to miss!


    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t forget what a nice cuddly person gun criminal Mark Duggan was.

  5. Union Jack says:

    I like the inclusion in the photograph of the flag of the British Indian Overseas Territory.  That must score some points on Chagos Bingo.