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UK Rules-Out Royal Wedding Public Holiday

Source: YouGov (London)
Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has ruled-out the declaration of a one-off non-working public holiday in the UK, on the occasion of the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Seven years ago (2010-11-23 and 2010-11-18), the UK Cabinet had declared Friday, April 29, 2011, as a one-off public holiday in the UK for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

A bank holiday (as public holidays are called in the UK) was declared in 1981 on the occasion of the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. One-off public holidays have also been declared for the Queen's Golden and Diamond jubilees (2009-12-27, 2001-06-19 and 2000-11-24).

In the aforementioned cases, many UK overseas territories and former colonies also declared a one-off public holiday for the Royal Wedding (2010-11-24, 2011-02-01, 2011-01-10, 2011-01-06, 2011-01-20, 2011-01-26, 2011-02-02, 2011-02-27, 2011-03-18, 2011-03-31, and 2011-04-01), and for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2010-09-10, 2010-09-29, 2011-08-31, 2011-07-29, 2011-10-09, 2011-10-19, 2011-11-05, 2011-11-17, 2012-03-27 and 2012-05-21).

The idea of declaring another one-off public holiday in the UK for the birth/christening of the child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, was aired 4 years ago (2013-07-09), but nothing came of it.

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