Queen Elizabeth Bank Holiday for Her Sapphire Jubilee?


Queen Elizabeth Holiday Bill to House of Commons

Queen Elizabeth may have a special bank holiday this June, marking her 65th year on the throne. Romford MP Andrew Rosindell will present “Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee Bill” to the House of Commons tomorrow. The day would be set aside for commemorative events. The Queen is the first British monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee on February 6. She became the UK’s longest reigning monarch at the age of 89.

Rosindell Has Discussed Possibility with Theresa May


Rosindell said, “I have personally spoken to Theresa May about the idea and she was certainly positive in her approach to this.” He said he realizes the Queen is a “very modest” person and didn’t necessarily expect anything extravagant for her celebration. He added, “I hope the government will put some ideas to Her Majesty for her agreement and hopefully in June has a celebration.” He has suggested a day of events similar to the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

In 1977, Her Majesty celebrated her Silver Jubilee with street parties. While celebrating 25 years on the throne Queen Elizabeth named a number of landmarks, including the Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank and the Silver Jubilee Walkway route in the capital.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, in 2002 offered nationwide celebrations. These included a royal tour and a pop concert featuring guitarist Brian May. The Diamond Jubilee, in 2012 offered street parties across the UK. The Red Arrows flew over Buckingham Palace while thousands of people gathered along the mall to honor the Queen.


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