Britain should have extra holiday for royal wedding: PM

18th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday there should be an extra public holiday to mark the royal wedding next year of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Cameron told a parliamentary committee that although no date had been announced for the wedding, he would support a national day off -- known as a bank holiday in Britain -- to celebrate the occasion.

"If it's in the middle of the week it would be a very good idea to have a bank holiday and even if it's the weekend ... I think there would be a great temptation to have a bank holiday, a day of national celebration," he said.

William, the eldest son of the late princess Diana and heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, and Kate announced on Tuesday that they would marry in London in spring or summer 2011 after an eight-year romance.

Britain, which has fewer public holidays than most European nations, has laws that allow the government to declare holidays to celebrate special occasions.

Recent examples include Diana and Charles's wedding in 1981, a Millennium holiday on December 31, 1999 and Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee in 2002 to mark 50 years of her reign.

Another is planned in 2012 for the queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The venue for the royal wedding has not been officially announced, but a leading bookmaker stopped accepting bets on Westminster Abbey in London after Middleton was photographed visiting the church on Wednesday night.

The historic abbey is where Britain's monarchs are crowned. The queen married Prince Philip at the abbey in 1947 and the funeral of William's mother, Diana, was held at the church in 1997.

© 2010 AFP

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