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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.

Is Royal Wedding Bank Holiday a Public Holiday?

Royal Wedding Bank Holiday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2011FriApr 29Royal Wedding Bank HolidayBank holiday 

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