2011 will see the first of the two special bank holidays.
It was agreed by the cabinet in November 2010 that the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, 29th April 2011 will be marked by a public holiday.
Prime Minister David Cameron was quoted as saying, “the wedding of Kate and William will be a happy and momentous occasion. We want to mark the day as one of national celebration, a public holiday will ensure the most people possible will have a chance to celebrate on the day.”
The second will see the HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrate her diamond jubilee in June 2012.
The celebrations will centre around the first week in June (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th). The Government announced plans for a special four-day Jubilee weekend which would allow communities time to come together to celebrate and commemorate the events of the last 60 years. This has entailed putting back the late May bank holiday to Monday 4 June and adding an additional Jubilee bank holiday on Tuesday 5 June