Brits to get a FOUR DAY bank holiday break to mark Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The extra long weekend, thanks to the Royal Wedding, put everyone in high spirits and now the Government is hoping to have a similar weekend next year in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Next year’s Whitsun Bank Holiday, will be postponed from May until Monday, June 4 and an extra Bank Holiday will be added on Tuesday, June 5.

The celebration will mark the monarchs 60 years on the throne, will give Brits the a four day break.

It is hoped that millions will join in the celebrations, which mark the start of a ‘feel good’ summer culminating in the Olympic Games in London.

But business leaders have criticised the move saying it will damage firms during a period of economic downturn.

Phil McCabe of the Forum of Private Business said: ‘The extra day off will no doubt motivate staff, but at a real cost to firms.’

One of the highlights is expected to be The Big Jubilee Lunch, for which neighbours will be encouraged to share a meal. It is to be launched by the Palace and environmental and educational charity the Eden Project.

A Whitehall source said: ‘We hope everyone will join in by holding street parties or other celebrations to mark a very special weekend.’

A Royal source added: ‘Local celebrations have always been part of previous Jubilees.

Eden Project founder Tim Smit has joined Buckingham Palace to lauch the Big Jubilee Lunch

‘People particularly remember the street parties in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee and grassroots celebrations in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee.

Eden Project chief executive Tim Smit said: ‘We liven in a country where we keep talking about celebrating our differences, but this is a way of celebrating our commonality. One thing we have in common … is that we treasure the monarchy.’

A further highlight of the Jubilee celebrations is likely to be when the Queen’s Royal Barge leads a flotilla of more than 1,000 boats along the Thames on Sunday, June 3.

It will be the largest river pageant to take place in Britain since the reign of Charles II.

The Queen, who will be 86 when she marks 60 years on the throne, is due to become only the second British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. The first was Queen Victoria in 1897.


Where have the royal honeymooners gone on holiday?

After more than a week of keeping the world guessing, the Kate and William have finally left for their honeymoon – secrecy still surrounds the destination, but it’s widely believed to be a holiday in the Seychelles.

With a record two billion people watching the wedding globally, their choice of honeymoon is predicted to send ripples through the travelsphere.

STA Travel group managing director John Constable commented: Wills and Kate are perhaps the most accessible Royal couple, in terms of young people relating to what they’ve done – specifically in terms of travel history.

Both have had gap years, been on safari, been to Australia and South America, all of which are on the travel wish list of every young person in the UK.

The Seychelles is already one of the most popular honeymoon destinations – but now its popularity is going to soar as people look to emulate Wills and Kate.

However it’s not just the honeymoon destination which have been thrown into the spotlight thanks to the newlyweds, but luckily you don’t need a Royal bank balance to holiday like Wills and Kate thanks to STA Travel.

Wills spent time volunteering in Belize as part of his gap year working on different projects. STA Travel has a 28-day conservation project tour from £1195, which includes accommodation and selected meals, does not include international flights. It includes working in Belize’s national parks, archaeological reserves and a Manatee Rehabilitation Centre.

Will spent time in volunteering in South Africa, alone, and also with his brother Harry before the World Cup in 2010. STA Travel has a 14-day ‘Kingdom of the White Lion’ trip near Johannesburg in which participants help care for endangered animals and maintain the animal sanctuary.

The first Royal engagements for Wills and Kate as a couple was a tour of the UK. STA travel has a 14 day tour of Britain and Ireland, starting and ending in London, from £1190.