Over the weekend, Prime Minister Boris Johnson showed his support for the England squad by posing with a giant St George flag outside Downing Street ahead of their Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine. On Friday, photos of the Prime Minister standing in the center of the gigantic national flag, thumbs up, were uploaded to official Flickr account number 10. The images of the Prime Minister – which did not show similar displays of support for the Scotland or Wales during the tournament – have received mixed reactions online.
One user wrote on Twitter: “I don’t know why, but for some reason I see this as a Boris Johnson candle novelty in the middle of an English flag themed birthday cake.”
Another said: ‘I understand that a home country is playing, but given that we are the UK and separatists are trying to break up the UK Union it looks awful.
“Why do conservative trade unionists make it difficult for progressive trade unionists? “
In recent years, there has been some unease at the idea of ââdropping out the St. George’s Sparrow en masse.
Ahead of the last World Cup, Mark Roberts, England’s football police chief, pleaded with supporters not to take any flag with Russia, warning that they could “appear imperialist and provoke antagonism”.
And England’s right to use the flag in the first place has also been called into question.
In 2018, Italian Mayor Marco Bucci suggested asking Queen Elizabeth II for centuries of arrears in England for her use of the Red Cross.
Genoa, once a powerful maritime city, adopted the cross of St. George as its flag and St. George as its patron saint during the Crusades.
The symbol was adopted by England towards the end of the Wars of Religion, in the 13th century, with English ships flying the flag of Genoa to deter enemies.
For this privilege, the English monarch paid an annual tribute to the Doge of Genoa, or sovereign of the Republic of Genoa.
However, the tribute fell by the wayside after the collapse of the republic.
Mr Bucci, the mayor of Genoa, said the arrears claim could be the “biggest marketing stunt” for the city.
He said he would write to the Queen to seek to recover funds which could then be spent for the needs of the city.
He joked: “Your Majesty, I regret to inform you that according to my books [it] looks like you haven’t paid in the last 247 years. “
Mr Bucci’s idea is highly unlikely to have any legal basis, but the case has been a bone of contention between the two countries for centuries.
Taking stock a year later, the mayor said: âWe have received a letter directly from Buckingham Palace.
âThe Royal Family is grateful for the extensive research we have done on past exchanges and the Royal Tour Operator speculates that some members of the Royal Family will remain here in Genoa.
“But on our demands, of an economic nature, we did not have precise answers.”
The cross of St. George is also used as a symbol in other cities in northern Italy, including Bologna, Padua, Reggio Emilia, Mantua, Vercelli, Alexandria, and Milan.
It is not known if St George – believed to have been born at the end of the 3rd century in Cappadocia, now eastern Turkey – ever visited England.
He became the patron saint of the country after the English Reformation and is the patron saint of many other places, including Portugal, Malta, Georgia, and Ethiopia.