An exclusive Royal Central poll shows that more than nine out of ten people believe there should be a public holiday to commemorate The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee at some point in 2017.
More than 1,000 people were polled online and close to 93% said that they support the idea of having a bank holiday to celebrate Her Majesty’s life and service to the country and Commonwealth.
Just 7% of people were opposed to there being a public holiday, citing that it should be a time to remember the passing of The Queen’s father, King George VI.
The results of this poll came just after Conservative MP for Romford Andrew Rosindell called for celebrations and street parties to be held in June to allow people to commemorate the milestone that only Her Majesty has reached.
He will introduce the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee Bill into the Commons on Tuesday, seeking to cross-party support for a law allowing celebrations across the UK, its overseas territories and Crown dependencies.
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 as a kid and learnt how important these national occasions are.
“I have personally spoken to Theresa May about the idea and she was certainly positive in her approach to this.”