Contentious Union Flag Flies Outside City Hall On Duchess of Cambridge's 31st Birthday

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Britain's Union flag flies from the Belfast City Hall in Belfast,... News PhotoBelfast,Belfast City Hall,British Flag,Conflict,Flag,Northern Ireland,Protest,UK,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPBritain's Union flag flies from the Belfast City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on January 9, 2013. The British flag was hoisted over Belfast's City Hall on Wednesday for the first time since its removal a month ago sparked riots in Northern Ireland. The emblem will now fly for a maximum of 18 days a year including British royal birthdays -- the first of which fell on Wednesday as Prince William's wife Catherine turned 31. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)