What has Prince Andrew got planned for his 60th birthday?
Prince Andrew’s birthday usually a huge occasion for a member of the Royal Family, but celebrations are expected to be muted as the duke turns 60 today.
The Duke of York is still suffering from the public uproar after his infamous interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis.
His interview with the Newsnight presenter drew widespread criticism for his response to questions about his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Since the interview, which was labelled by many as a "car crash", the duke has been forced to stand down from his official royal duties.
The Queen had planned a big birthday celebration, but decided to cancel it amid fears of public backlash.
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It was instead decided that he would have an intimate family dinner at Royal Lodge, his family home in Windsor, to celebrate his landmark birthday.
However, many members of the Royal Family will not be attending.
His ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York has reportedly been “scrambling” to save Prince Andrew’s big day, as many of his closest family and friends have declared themselves unavailable to attend.
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Out of the entire Royal Family, the Duchess of York and his two daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice will be attending.
The Queen’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts marked Prince Andrew’s birthday with a message for her son, accompanied with a recent portrait of the prince and a black and white photo of him as a baby.
It read: “On this day in 1960, Prince Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace, the first child born to a reigning monarch for 103 years.
“Happy Birthday to the Duke of York.”
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Westminster Abbey in London traditionally rings its bells to mark royal birthdays, and despite the outrage surrounding Prince Andrew, today will be no different.
The bells will chime at 1pm today, Wednesday February 19.
A spokesperson for the Abbey said: "Westminster Abbey is a Royal Peculiar answerable to the Sovereign and the bells are rung for the birthdays of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; their children; and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children."
Government buildings and local authorities are usually expected to fly the Union Flag to mark a senior royal’s birthdays.
However, a spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) 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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