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Should UK have a bank holiday every year to celebrate the Queen?VOTE

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Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition to make a new bank holiday in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II as a lasting tribute to the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.  . But do you support this idea? Vote in our poll. 

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition to make a new bank holiday in memory of the Queen as a lasting tribute to the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.

The Change.org petition from John Harries is pledging to make September 8 – the day Her Majesty died – a permanent bank holiday.

Mr Harries wrote: “Queen Elizabeth II is our longest reigning Monarch, and arguably the Nations, and the world’s most popular 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’.

“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.”

More than 100,000 people have signed the petition in support of Mr Harries’s idea – four times his aim of 25,000 signatures.

The UK currently has one of the lowest number of bank holidays in Europe with just eight in a traditional year compared to France’s 11 and Spain’s 14.

The Queen’s state funeral on Monday, September 19, has already been declared as a bank holiday this year with schools, shops and businesses closing in respect.

An additional bank holiday was granted in June this year to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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Thousands of people have commented on Mr Harries’s petition in support of his proposal.

Tracy Easton said: “After serving for 70 years, this outstanding service needs to be marked.”

Another, Frank McCoid said: “We shouldn’t forget what the Queen has done for the country and the world.”

And George Howard wrote: “A day to remember the greatest Queen, the greatest woman and probably the greatest Briton who ever lived.”

So what do YOU think? Should the UK have a bank holiday every year to celebrate the Queen? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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