South Gloucestershire Council has confirmed that it will follow guidance from the government and not to fly flags to mark Prince Andrew’s birthday this month.

Prince Andrew turns 60 on February 19 and local authorities would usually mark the event by raising the flag.

However after months of controversy around the royal they have been told it it not necessary to do so.

Prince Andrew withdrew from royal duties after a television interview defending his friendship with the late US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “Official guidance is that councils are not required to fly the flag to mark Prince Andrew’s birthday. We are currently displaying the rainbow flag in support of LGBT history month.”