The English are not a very patriotic people. We used to be, but look where that got us. The whole British Empire thing was very naughty and, well, the whole episode embarrasses us somewhat. So we've overcompensated to the point that any outward display of pride in England is regarded as definitely non-PC if not out and out racism. However, there are three occasions on which we are allowed to be as patriotic as we like - three o'clock on Christmas Day afternoon when the Queen (God bless Her Majesty) chats to us all for 15 minutes; anytime we beat the Germans at absolutely anything, from the World Cup to getting a decent spot by the swimming pool in Majorca and, of course, on the last night of the Proms. What makes me very proud to be English is that, with the exception of beating the Germans which is always a deadly serious matter, we always do patriotism with our English tongues firmly in our English cheeks.
Here is the high point of last night's last night of the Proms. I reckon that if someone did this to "The Star Spangled Banner" in the States they would be lynched on the spot.