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The move, which will give 66 million Britons something to cheer about after two Covid-ravaged years, is also backed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak who was “considering the proposals carefully”. The thanksgiving party will become a staple of the calendar from next year in recognition of the Queen’s dedication to public service. But it will also be a nod to the sacrifices of ordinary Britons who have served their communities throughout Covid, the biggest health emergency in living memory.

The move, which will give 66 million Britons something to cheer about after two Covid-ravaged years, is also backed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak who was “considering the proposals carefully”. The thanksgiving party will become a staple of the calendar from next year in recognition of the Queen’s dedication to public service. But it will also be a nod to the sacrifices of ordinary Britons who have served their communities throughout Covid, the biggest health emergency in living memory.

Brendan Cox, the campaigning husband of murdered MP Jo Cox and driving force behind the idea, said: ‘The past two years have been tough for all of us, but we’ve also seen what we can do when we stick together. elbows. It’s a bright, warm and generous country and no one represents it better than our Queen. So what better way to mark the Platinum Jubilee than with a new permanent Thanksgiving Party – an annual opportunity to come together and celebrate what makes our communities great. »

The campaign – revealed exclusively in and backed by this newspaper last year – has garnered support at the highest level.

Experts said the bonus day off, endorsed by the Confederation of British Industry, would pump billions into the economy. The Treasury will now embark on a detailed cost analysis, before a final decision is made by Mr Johnson.

Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden, 63, said Thank Holiday would send a social and economic shockwave after two brutal years of lockdowns and misery.

The multi-million pound business heavyweight said: “Great British Bank holidays are enjoyed by all and across society. We all have fond memories of travels, meeting friends or simply relaxing with loved ones. But it’s also a major boon for many businesses — especially sectors that have struggled during the pandemic.

“I think it will be a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s 70 years of public service and to those of all those who make our communities more welcoming and enjoyable places to live. But I also believe that the Thanksgiving Party will provide the country with a social and economic boost that we need after a difficult few years. »

The thanksgiving party will become a staple from next year in recognition of the Queen’s devotion (Image: Getty)

The call to make this year’s additional Jubilee holiday permanent from 2023 would bring the total in England and Wales to nine, still considerably lower than many European countries including Germany and France, who get 11. England and Wales currently only get eight bank holidays. compared to the European average of 12.8 days off. Scotland have 11 while Northern Ireland have 10.

News that Mr Johnson will sanction an extra day off comes as the UK prepares for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Jamboree in June.

General Lord Richard Dannatt, 71, a former Chief of the General Staff, called the thanks campaign – spearheaded by Mr Cox’s Together coalition – a “brilliant concept”.

Royal biographer Gyles Brandreth, 74, added: “We need this day more than ever. To remind us of what connects us, to create an excuse to engage our neighbors in something more than just conversations, and to express our thanks for a lifetime of service to Her Majesty The Queen. It is, as they say, for Queen and Country.

The campaign is also backed by charities and businesses including the Royal Voluntary Service, UK Hospitality and the Trades Union Congress.

Adventurer Bear Grylls, 47, said: “Our queen is a shining light – someone who serves our communities, day in and day out. It represents the best of our national character.

“The Queen deserves our thanks for her incredible lifetime of service, as do millions of others across the country for their own daily acts of sacrifice, love and support.

“A thank you party each year honoring donors, heroes, those most deserving would be a fitting legacy to the Queen’s extraordinary life and generosity.”

Public holidays may be changed by Royal Proclamation. If a public holiday is fixed by legislation, the Queen can proclaim that it will be changed to a different day.

The Queen may also proclaim additional public holidays. This most recently happened in 2012 to mark its Diamond Jubilee.

Support for an official extra day of rest comes as Britain prepares for a four-day jamboree to mark the momentous Platinum Jubilee.

On June 5 – the last day of the weekend – communities across the UK will come together for National Day of Thanksgiving. It will be an opportunity for a grateful nation to pay tribute to a monarch who has led by example.

Organizers hope more than 10 million people will take part, making it the largest mass gathering in British history.

Major backers include England football manager Gareth Southgate, television broadcaster Lorraine Kelly, Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, Daily Express columnist Alan Titchmarsh and actor Ross Kemp.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said: ‘I support this idea of ​​a holiday to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee but also at the same time the nature of who we are as a nation. As we emerge from the pandemic, where so many have sacrificed so much, we have much to be proud of and the Queen’s dedication and service represents that so well. »

PwC research found that sectors torpedoed by the pandemic, including retail, hospitality and tourism, would greatly benefit from the additional economic activity that an extra day off would generate.

Tony Danker, Chief Executive of the CBI, said: “The proposal for a new Thanksgiving Party to recognize the Queen’s selfless service and to spread this notion of service across communities is truly exciting. “Corporations are keen to support and we at CBI will work with supporters and employers to make this a real success.”

Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UK Hospitality, added: “It’s time for a thank you party to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s amazing and enduring service. Such a day would also provide an opportunity to recognize the courage of the entire nation and local community heroes, who have risen to the challenges of the past two years.

Kate shows up in support

The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise joint appearance with husband William at Westminster Abbey for Anzac Daywrites the royal correspondent, Richard Palmer.

She was a belated addition to the royal party honoring Australian and New Zealand war dead at events in London – aides said her diary commitments had changed.

The Duke was due to attend, and Kate’s arrival came as the future of the monarchy in these and 12 other kingdoms came into focus.

The Cambridges – likely to visit Down Under next year – have said they will service all 54 Commonwealth lands whether or not they retain the monarch as head of state. The couple’s recent tour of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas was marred by issues of slavery, colonialism and calls to abandon the monarchy.

In the white McQueen coat dress she wore for her daughter Charlotte’s christening in 2015, inset right, Kate, 40, and William, 39, joined Australian and New Zealand expats at the abbey .

Earlier he laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen at the Cenotaph, 107 years after World War I landings at Gallipoli left 36,000 Australians and New Zealanders dead or injured. The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, Dean of St Albans and British Chaplain to the New Zealand Society, asked the congregation to also pray for the people of war-torn Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the Queen used her 96-year break at Sandringham to visit her beloved horses. In a trademark scarf, she was driven by race director John Warren at Royal Stud.

Kate Middleton

Kate completed the dress with a Jane Taylor headband (Image: Getty)

Duchess goes green in ivory Mcqueen

Every woman has a favorite outfit that she wears over and over again, writes fashion editor, Emma Johnson.

And this classic ivory design by Alexander McQueen might just be Kate’s.

She debuted it at Charlotte’s christening in 2015, wore it again at Trooping The Color the following year and then to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele in 2017.

Kate topped it off with a Jane Taylor headband. Sleek, durable – no wonder she keeps repeating it.