Tuesday 7 March 2017

Queen's Sapphire Jubilee: Call to mark milestone with bank holiday

Queen Elizabeth IIImage copyrightAFP
The UK should mark the Queen's 65th year on the throne with a bank holiday, a Conservative MP has said.
Romford MP Andrew Rosindell said it would be a "missed opportunity" not to have a national day of celebration.
He will present his Queen's Sapphire Jubilee Bill to the Commons on Tuesday, in a bid to set aside a day in June this year for commemorative events.
The Queen became the first British monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee on 6 February.
In 2015, she became the UK's longest-reigning monarch, aged 89.
Mr Rosindell said: "It's almost certainly going to be a very long time before any monarch gets anywhere near 65 years.
"It's the first time we've had any Sapphire Jubilee and if we let this go by, and don't have some sort of national day of celebration, it'll be a missed opportunity.
"It's also for the young people - I remember the Silver Jubilee [in 1977] as a kid and learnt how important these national occasions are."
Queen Elizabeth II meeting well-wishers during a walkabout close to Windsor Castle as she celebrated her 90th birthdayImage copyrightPA
Image captionThe Queen met well-wishers in Windsor as she celebrated her 90th birthday
Although he is putting forward the bill, Mr Rosindell said he understood the Queen was a "very modest" person and did not necessarily expect or want huge celebrations.
He has suggested a day of events similar to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
He said: "I have personally spoken to Theresa May about the idea and she was certainly positive in her approach to this.
"I hope the government will put some ideas to Her Majesty for her agreement and hopefully in June have a celebration."

What other milestones have been marked with a bank holiday?

In 1977, the Queen marked her Silver Jubilee with street parties. As part of the celebrations honouring her 25 years on the throne, the Queen named several landmarks, including the Jubilee Gardens on London's South Bank and the Silver Jubilee Walkway route in the capital.
She also renamed a line on the London Underground as the Jubilee line, even though it was not due to be opened until 1979.
A street party to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee
Image captionNeighbours gathered to celebrate the Silver Jubilee in 1977
The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 was marked by celebrations nationwide, including a royal tour and a pop concert featuring guitarist Brian May playing a God Save the Queen solo from the roof of Buckingham Palace.
Golden Jubilee celebrationsImage copyrightPA
Image captionQueen Elizabeth celebrated 50 years on the throne with the Duke of Edinburgh
In 2012, the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and street parties were held across the UK to mark her 60th year. The Red Arrows flew over Buckingham Palace and thousands gathered along the Mall to honour the monarch.
Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the MallImage copyrightMOD/CROWN
Image captionThe Mall was the focus of Diamond Jubilee celebrations