Video of Hong Kong's transfer of power: When an occupied nation is given â€œindependenceâ€ and made â€œfreeâ€, it is customary to symbolize this event by ceremonially lowering the flag of the occupying country while that of the occupied country being made â€œfreeâ€ is raised. In the above video, British Flag was lowered and then the Chinese flag was hoisted. Did the same thing happened during transfer of power in 1947? If we verify our history records to examine what happened in the case of India. No. Union Jack(British flag) was not lowered. â€It was symbolical that Union Jack was NOT lowered; it flew proudly when the Indian flag was unfurled.â€ On August 15, 1947, â€œIndiaâ€™s freedom was ushered in with the playing of â€˜God Save the Kingâ€™ followed by Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka.â€ ( Manserg.N -Editor-in-Chief-Constitutional Relations between Britain and India: The Transfer of Power (ToP,) XI, pp 107,127,146,156,279;XII, p 731.) â€œNehru toasted the health of the British king and Mountbatten toasted the health of the Dominion government. It was symbolical that the Union Jack was not lowered; it flew proudly when the Indian flag was unfurled.â€ (Alan Campbell-Johnson, Mission with Mountbatten pp 158 and ibid 161) An article about the event: The British Tilt | Ajit Bhattacharjea Mountbatten was playing all sides. He had his fingers in all the pies. Indians(including the pakis) were fawning over him and declaring their loyalty to the crown. Mountbatten even tried to have British flag at a corner of the paki and Indian flags. The whole Transfer of Power in 1947 had an environment of continuity(from the British rule) rather than that of a new free country.