A giant Union Jack featuring a profile image of Her Majesty the Queen has been unveiled on London Heathrow’s runway to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The 5,813sq ft (540m2) flag will welcome the 780,000 passengers expected to arrive for the celebrations, which take place between May 30 and June 6.
It is the first time an image has ever been painted on the airfield. More than 400 litres of red, white and blue paint was used to create the image.
The Queen has featured prominently in the airport’s history, including opening the original London Airport buildings – which later became Terminal 2 in 1955 – Terminal 1 in 1968 and Terminal 5 in 2008.
Passengers will be treated to a royal welcome with red carpets laid in arrivals halls in all terminals. Official Diamond Jubilee and Union Jack flags will be handed out, and visitors will be invited to write messages to Her Majesty in official books that will be sent to Buckingham Palace. Live musical performances will also take place.