MPs urge Theresa May to rethink no royal wedding bank holiday stance

Posted On: 
28th November 2017

MPs have urged Theresa May to call a Bank Holiday to mark Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle after the idea was initially dismissed by Number 10.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to get married in the spring of next year
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A spokesman for the Prime Minister said there were "no plans" to give workers the day off when the pair tie the knot next year.

Some had hoped that the event would be marked with a national holiday, as was the case when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married, however Downing Street insisted there was “no precedent” for the national day off.

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"There isn't a precedent in this area. For example, there was no Bank Holiday for Prince Andrew's wedding in 1986, or Prince Edward's in 1999," the spokesman said.

Labour MP John Woodcock yesterday called on the Government to U-turn on their stance, tweeting that “only curmudgeons will be in the office anyway”.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen also backed the announcement, saying the move would be “great news for the economy and for tourism".

And his party colleague Andrew Rosindell told The Sun that the prince’s big day “must” be a bank holiday, because his brother’s was.

“Did we have one for William and Kate? I think we did, so why not Harry? Harry must get one too. Let’s make it a great royal celebration!”.