Prime Minister David Cameron says it will be a 'national day of celebration'
Prime Minister David Cameron made the suggestion yesterday during a Commons Liason Committee meeting.
‘There is a debate I think we ought to have – obviously not knowing what the date is yet – but whether there ought to be a bank holiday,’ he said.
‘I think if it’s in the middle of the week it would be a very good idea to have a bank holiday.
‘Even if it’s at a weekend I think there would be a great temptation to have a bank holiday – a day of national celebration to mark what is happening.’
Prince William and Kate, both 28 – who got engaged in Kenya – agree with the decision.
‘They are grateful for the Prime Minister‘s comments,’ a St James’ Palace spokesperson tells The Sun.
‘They support the idea of a bank holiday – but recognise this is very much a matter for the government.’
Meanwhile, the Royal Mint is to commemorate the engagement by creating a special £5 coin.
The collector’s piece – which will not be legal tender – will go on sale early next year.
‘We have created many commmorative medals and coins in honour of the monarchy,’ says a Royal Mint spokesman. ‘But this is the first royal engagement coin ever.’