Letter: Protocol puzzle

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The Independent Online
Sir: Like many people last week I found the symbolism of the flagpoles at Buckingham Palace and Balmoral bewildering. Even now that I am aware of the protocol that produced these images, the intended meaning seems to have been lost to the nation.

Protocol is important because of the symbolism, the shared values and emotions which it can represent so well. But when the symbolism of the protocol is no longer widely understandable, the time has come to change the protocol and not to throw out the values and feeling underneath.


Dalrymple, Ayr