Hyde Park prepares for crowds during Queen’s coffin procession
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More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for an annual bank holiday in honour of the Queen. The campaign launched on Change.org by John Harris, advocates for the creation of Queen Elizabeth Day on September 8 each year. The petition has garnered support from more than 112,000 people in just three days, despite only calling for 25,000 signatures.
Mr Harris described the Queen as “the world’s most popular ever monarch”.
The petition notes that Britain has “fewer bank holidays than most European countries”.
The UK has been given a bank holiday on Monday, September 19 to mark the Queen’s funeral, but it is a one-off occasion.
Mr Harris wrote: “Queen Elizabeth II is our longest reigning Monarch, and arguably the nation’s, and the world’s most popular ever monarch.
“In the words of President Macron, ‘to you, she was your Queen, to us, she was the Queen…The most constant symbol of Great Britain’.
“She was indeed, an inspirational woman.
“Britain has fewer bank holidays than most European countries; France has 11 compared with our eight, Spain has 14.
“I believe we need a new public bank holiday to mark our greatest Sovereign’s lifetime; a Queen Elizabeth Day.
“A day for our Nation to come together and celebrate both the life of the Queen, and our gratitude for the institution of our Royal Family.”
Some said they would like the extra day off out of respect to the former monarch, who served for 70 years.
Others admitted they would just like an extra day off work.
Commenting on the petition, one person wrote: “As a mark of RESPECT to the great lady.”
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Another said: “I believe out of respect we should have a day that honours her.”
A third person said: “She has been in my life since I was six years old.
“She gave her whole life to this country so I think she should be remembered and a bank holiday in her name is a fitting way to do it.”
Queen Elizabeth II died last week at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle.
Her coffin was transported back to London from Scotland, arriving at Buckingham Palace last night.
It will lie in state in Westminster Hall from Wednesday until the day of her funeral next Monday.
People who wish to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch can visit the Palace of Westminster in London and join 24-hour lines from Wednesday at 5pm.
The Queen will rest in her closed coffin on a raised platform.
The former monarch’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on September 19 at 11am.
Since her death was announced, thousands of people have travelled to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral to pay their respects.
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