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No flags to fly for Prince Andrew’s 60th birthday

British government buildings will not have to fly the Union flag to mark Prince Andrew’s 60th birthday.

The Duke of York recently stepped down from public duties after being caught up in the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking scandal.

He faced a backlash of criticism after failing to acknowledge the victims or condone his friendship with the late Epstein.


Downing Street said it would look into the tradition of flying the flag as a tribute.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DMCS) said:

“Following the decision by the Duke of York to step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, there is no longer a requirement for UK Government buildings to fly the Union flag on Wednesday February 19.”






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