Brits set for new permanent bank holiday every year thanks to the Queen

permanent bank holiday Queen Elizabeth II tours Queen Mother Square on October 27, 2016 in Poundbury, Dorset
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The Queen is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year and thanks to the historic event, Brits could be set to have a brand new permanent bank holiday.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (opens in new tab) marks her 70th year on the throne. Her Majesty is the UK’s longest-reigning monarch and the historic year will be marked by a special Jubilee concert (opens in new tab), a traditional Trooping of the Colours and a four-day bank holiday (opens in new tab).

This bank holiday, which lands on the 2nd of June may not be the only one Brits get to enjoy. In fact, there may be a permanent bank holiday entering our calendars very soon.

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For those wondering how many Bank Holidays are there in 2023 (opens in new tab), The Confederation of British Industry is backing calls for a permanent holiday to be put in place from 2023, in honour of the Queen. This plan has also gnarred support from the Archbishop of Canterbury and several other notable figures and organisations.

The day is being coined as the ‘Thank Holiday’ and will recognise and celebrate the Queen’s services to the UK and those who support their own communities. 

According to the Telegraph (opens in new tab), Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also throwing his support behind the bank holiday as is the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak.

permanent bank holiday - Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave at the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace after Elizabeth's coronation, 2nd June 1953.

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A source told the newspaper, “The Treasury is not saying no off the bat despite previously being institutionally allergic to the idea of a new Bank Holiday.” 

Until then, UK residents will have June’s long weekend to enjoy and celebrate the Queen’s reign, especially with the added perk of pubs being open from 11 pm to 1 am (opens in new tab)! This new rule will come into effect between Thursday 2nd June and Saturday 4th June, to enable Brits to toast her historic achievement.

The Queen has said of her Jubilee, that she hopes it will ‘bring families together (opens in new tab)’ following the difficult pandemic years.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.