The new “Thank You Day” would make the extra day off on June 3 this year to mark the Platinum Anniversary permanent starting in 2023
The move was backed by government ministers, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Hospitality UK, the Archbishop of Canterbury and others.
What are the proposals for the new bank holiday?
The new “Day of Thanksgiving” would recognize the Queen’s “extraordinary service” and also honor people’s efforts to support their communities over the past two years during the hardships of the coronavirus pandemic.
The proposals have won the support of Mr Sunak, as well as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, according to The Telegraph and The Express.
The Telegraph reported that Mr Sunak had asked the Treasury for formal advice on the proposal and also said Downing Street had asked the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to carry out a review of the matter.
It quoted a source as saying: “The Treasury Department is not immediately saying no, although it has previously had an institutional allergic reaction to the idea of a new bank holiday.
“Rishi supports the campaign and the idea behind it and has covered all the expected costs.”
The Express also reported that the Chancellor was examining proposals “carefully”.
When is the bank holiday in June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?
There will be a special bank holiday weekend in June to celebrate the Queen’s historic milestone of 70 years on the throne.
The four-day celebrations will take place over the weekend of Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June and will include public events and community activities.