Theresa May’s spokesman has said that there are no plans for there to be a bank holiday to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Earlier in the day, a spokesperson said that the Prime Minister had not yet discussed the matter of a bank holiday. However, it now seems that she has made her mind up.
There was speculation that the government would treat the British public to a day away from work and school to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married.
This was the case in 2011 when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married at Westminster Abbey.
Part of the reason there will not be a bank holiday could fall down to Prince Harry himself, as it is believed that he wants a low-key wedding in contrast to his brother’s.
Theresa May sent a congratulatory message to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier today on hearing the news of their engagement.
The Prime Minister offered her congratulations on behalf of the country, saying: “I would like to offer my very warmest congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their engagement.
“This is a time of huge celebration for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future.”
The royal wedding will take place in Spring 2018.
Although precise details of the wedding are yet to be announced, the wedding bells will ring in the first half of next year.
An exact date and venue has yet to be announced. Some possible venues include Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.
The buildup to the wedding has now begun and will continue for many months.
The timing will likely mean that it will occur close to the Duchess of Cambridge’s due date as she expects her and Prince William’s third child.
Once married, Prince Harry and Meghan will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.