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Royal Wedding Bank Holiday in United Kingdom

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding date of April 29, 2011 was a bank holiday throughout the United Kingdom. It will mark the day as a national celebration that will allow most people the chance to celebrate the occasion.

An enormous crowd took part in the Royal Wedding celebrations.
An enormous crowd took part in the Royal Wedding celebrations.

A Royal Wedding

It was announced on November 16, 2010 that Prince William of Wales would marry Kate Middleton in 2011. The royal wedding took place on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron announced that the royal wedding would be a public holiday for England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that most people will have the chance to celebrate on that day.

Criticism About the Wedding Date

The timing of the wedding creates a four-day public holiday weekend for two consecutive weeks. The Monday after the wedding is already a designated bank holiday and the weekend before has two bank holidays on the Friday and Monday for Easter.

The Scottish government has also announced that the royal wedding will be a public holiday, which will give Scots a three-day weekend. However, there is some criticism over the timing of the wedding day because it will take place during the Scottish election period and only six days before elections for the Scottish Parliament.

Royal Wedding Bank Holiday Observances