Time-lapse video of Heathrow Airport creating huge Union flag on runway for Diamond Jubilee

13:06 28 May 2012

The giant Union flag which has been painted on to Heathrow

The giant Union flag which has been painted on to Heathrow's runway for the Diamond Jubilee

Archant

Watch a time-lapse video of a huge Union flag being painted on to one of Heathrow Airport’s runways to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

The giant 540 square metre flag features a silhouette of the Queen.

The artwork measures 30 metres in length - 10 metres taller than Buckingham Palace and three times the width of an A380’s fuselage - and is the first time ever an image has been painted on the airfield.

The patriotic emblem was created using more than 400 litres of red, white and blue paint.

It has been positioned adjacent to the northern runway so passengers can spot it from their flights.

The flag will give the 780,000 passengers expected to arrive for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations a Great British welcome to the UK.

Meanwhile, passengers arriving at Heathrow over the next week will be treated to a royal welcome with red carpets laid in arrivals halls in all terminals.

Diamond Jubilee and Union flags will be handed out and visitors will be invited to write messages of congratulations to the Queen in official books that will be sent to Buckingham Palace.

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow commercial director, said: “The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations mark the start of an important and historic summer for Heathrow.

“As the UK’s hub airport, we are delighted to welcome thousands of visitors to Heathrow to celebrate this momentous national occasion.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Friday, July 3, 2015
Lewisham Hospital (Picture: PA Images)

A woman from south-east London broke her elbow, went to A&E in Lewisham and then wrote this heartwarming ‘complaint’ letter to NHS staff about her time in hospital.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Police want to talk to this man about the incident in Liverpool Street

A 12-year-old girl is ‘traumatised’ after being sexually assaulted by a drunk pervert at Liverpool Street station last night.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Azelle Rodney was shot dead 10 years ago (Photo: PA Wire)

A Met marksman who who blasted suspected armed robber Azelle Rodney six times at close range 10 years ago has been cleared of his murder.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Back to school time (Picture: The Art of Dining)

Claptonwill call the register and tick off a school dinners themed pop-up restaurant offering posh grub, homework and a milk monitor to east Londoners

Friday, July 3, 2015
Ruby the pygmy goat (Picture: RSPCA)

An adorable pygmy goat has been found roaming through St. Helier park, Carshalton and the RSPCA are now appealing for help to trace her owner.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more