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Jubilee must be celebrated with national holiday: MP

By Richard Wheeler

The Queen's 65 years on the throne should be celebrated with a national public holiday this summer, according to an MP.

Tory Andrew Rosindell said it would be a missed opportunity if there are no celebrations given that the Queen made history earlier this year by becoming the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee.

He suggested a day of celebrations could be held in June and enable people to enjoy street parties and other major events, something which occurred in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee.

Mr Rosindell will be given time tomorrow to introduce his Queen's Sapphire Jubilee Bill into the Commons, which seeks to guarantee in law a celebration 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."

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