Currently it is illegal to fly a national flag without permission from a local council - unless it is flown from a vertical flagpole.We must have been breaking the law then when we hung both a UK flag and a Stars and Stripes on my parents' house when we got married. From this article I would guess that English flags were very much in evidence recently, until the English football (soccer) team lost. Sounds like another example of an American tradition (flying the flag that is, not losing at soccer) catching on in the UK, just like the increasing commercialization in the UK of pseudo-holidays like Halloween.
The rule means thousands of football fans were technically breaking the law during the World Cup by displaying the Cross of St George.(BBC news)
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