A SOUTHAMPTON cruise liner was forced to lower its UK flag as it docked in Argentina.

Luxury liner Queen Victoria was told that it would “face trouble” if it did not take down the Red Ensign while it was docked in Buenos Aires.

Argentina has been accused of insulting Britain by taking such action, which is thought was an attempt to stoke up tensions of sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.

Captain Inger Olsen was informed of a law banning the flying of the flag and she complied with it in order to protect the safety of the passengers, who are enjoying a voyage around South America.

A Cunard spokesperson said: “As requested by the port authorities whilst Queen Victoria was in Argentinian waters the Cunard flag was flown rather than the Red Ensign.”