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Royal Wedding Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding date of April 29, 2011 was a bank holiday throughout the United Kingdom, which allowed 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.
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An April 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, declared the Royal Wedding Day a public holiday for England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that most people had the chance to celebrate the day.

Criticism About the Wedding Date

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

The Scottish government also announced that the Royal Wedding would be a public holiday, which gave Scots a three-day weekend. However, there was some criticism over the timing of the wedding day because it took place during the Scottish election period, only six days before elections for the Scottish Parliament.

Royal Wedding Bank Holiday Observances

Royal Wedding Bank Holiday was only observed in the year 2011.

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
FriApr 292011Royal Wedding Bank HolidayBank holiday 

Quick Facts

The royal wedding date of Prince William and Kate Middleton was a bank holiday in the United Kingdom on April 29, 2011.

Royal Wedding Bank Holiday

Only occurrence is Friday, April 29, 2011.
Does not happen in 2017.
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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Royal Wedding Bank HolidayEnglish
Kongelig bryllup-fridagNorwegian

List of dates for other years

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