Published: Tue, February 11, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Prince Andrew 'defers' military promotion, flags won't fly for his birthday

Prince Andrew 'defers' military promotion, flags won't fly for his birthday

In addition, people criticised the royal family over their plan to fly Union Flags on government buildings and other halls in time for Prince Andrew's birthday.

The Duke of York turns 60 on February 19 and according to requests from the government all councils should fly the flag to mark the occasion.

"By convention, the Duke of York would be in line for military promotion on his 60th birthday", the spokeswoman said.

Concerns were raised after an email was sent reminding them of Prince Andrew's birthday on the 19th of this month.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman, James Slack, said the government and royal household were "considering how the (flag) policy applies in changing circumstances such as when members of the royal family step back from their duties".

Designated days for flying the British flag on United Kingdom government buildings include the birthdays of the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, their wedding day, the birthdays of their four children and of their grandson Prince William and his wife Kate.

Prince Andrew said his links to the United States financier, who was found dead in his jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, had become a "major disruption" to the Royal Family.

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"Her Majesty The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace".

The meeting was recorded in photographs posted to Liu's Twitter account, featuring Andrew, his estranged wife Sarah Ferguson, daughter Princess Beatrice and her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, marking one of the Duke's first major appearances since he was forced to withdraw from public duties in November. Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson told the Liverpool Echo that it would not have been "appropriate".

Prince Andrew served in the Royal Navy for decades beginning in 1979. Moreover, it would have come after his previous promotions, having become a Rear Admiral when he turned 50 and Vice Admiral when he turned 55.

Sources close to the duke, 59, have denied the claims from prosecutors that he snubbed the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying he was never approached by agents. After his interview with the BBC - panned by some as "nuclear explosion level bad" - he issued a statement saying that he was willing to work with authorities.

She said Prince Andrew needs to "answer questions about Jeffrey Epstein and his own behaviour", adding: "In both countries everyone is equal in the eyes of the law".

Liverpool Council has shunned government instructions to fly the Union Jack to mark the birthday of Prince Andrew.

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