Union Jack flags have replaced EU flags outside parliament ahead of the opening of parliament by the Queen.
This is incorrect. There were no flags in parliament square prior to the Union Jack ones being put up for the ceremony.
Posts claiming that the flags outside parliament have been changed from the EU flag to the Union Jack for the opening of parliament by the Queen have been shared over a thousand times on Facebook.
This is inaccurate. There were no flags in the square in the weeks before these were put up —EU or otherwise. These flags were raised sometime between Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October.
Additionally, the EU flag is not officially in Westminster or Whitehall, to begin with. The EU flag has previously been flown in Parliament Square alongside the flags of other European countries (not just of the EU) to mark Europe Day.
The flags are also not a permanent feature in the square—a scroll through Google street view shows a variety of flags being erected and removed from the square. This has been due to certain national and international celebrations.
The Union Jack is traditionally flown around London during the state opening of parliament. You can see the flag being flown outside parliament during the 2016 ceremony.
This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as a mixture as, although Union Jacks were erected for the state opening of parliament, they did not replace EU flags.
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