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The Queen

POLL: Should there be a public holiday for The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee?

On February 6, 2017, Her Majesty The Queen commemorated 65 years since her father’s death in 1952. At that point, the 90-year-old Monarch had been reigning for 65 years.

Now there are suggestions that there should be a public holiday later this year to commemorate and celebrate The Queen’s 65th year on the throne.

Conservative MP for Romford Andrew Rosindell is leading calls for celebrations and street parties to be held in June to allow people to commemorate the milestone that only Her Majesty has reached.

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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.”

Celebrations to mark the monarch’s accession to the throne which fell on 6 February, as opposed to her coronation on 2 June, remained a low-key affair this year, as the Queen chose to remain indoor and remember her late father King George VI who died in 1952.

Reporting by Ahmed Bayram