The UK government is responding to calls for a new annual bank holiday following the Queen’s death

Downing Street has turned down calls for the annual national holiday as the nation prepares for Her late Majesty’s funeral.

The campaign was launched by John Harris and has been supported by more than 100,000 people in the UK demanding September 8th as the annual bank holiday.

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Mr Harris explained his reasons: “Queen Elizabeth II is our longest reigning monarch and arguably the most popular monarch in the world. In the words of President Macron: “For you she was your queen, for us she was the queen… Britain’s most enduring symbol”.

“She was indeed an inspirational woman.” Explaining the reasons for making 8 September – the day of her death – a public holiday, Mr Harris added: ‘Britain has fewer public holidays than most European countries; France has 11 compared to our 8, Spain has 14.

“I believe we need a new public holiday to celebrate the life of our greatest sovereign; a Queen Elizabeth Day.” He signed it: “A day for our nation to come together and celebrate both the life of the Queen and our gratitude to the institution of our royal family.”

Although hopes of an annual bank holiday to commemorate the Queen appear to have been short-lived after No 10 declined.

A spokesman for No10 said: “The Government would like to consider how best to commemorate the Queen. We will not only consider that alone, but of course in cooperation with the royal family and others.” The UK government is responding to calls for a new annual bank holiday following the Queen’s death

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