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William and Kate back bank holiday

Prince William and Kate Middleton have gave their support to an extra bank holiday to allow the country to mark their wedding day.

The royal and his bride-to-be welcomed David Cameron's suggestion of a "national day of celebration" to honour their marriage.

The Prime Minister described the prospect of an extra bank holiday as a "very good idea" if the ceremony was held on a weekday - but still a "great temptation" if it took place on a weekend day.

William and Miss Middleton, both 28, have indicated they want their wedding to be enjoyed by the whole country when it is held next year, sometime in the spring or summer.

A St James' Palace spokesman said: "Prince William and Catherine Middleton are grateful for the Prime Minister's comments, they also support the idea of a bank holiday but recognise this is very much a matter for the Government."

The wedding of William's parents, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, was also marked by a bank holiday.

The Prime Minister said there would need to be a debate but indicated he was personally keen on idea.

Mr Cameron told the Commons Liaison Committee: "There is a debate I think we ought to have - obviously not knowing what the date is yet - but whether there ought to be a bank holiday.

"I think if it's in the middle of the week it would be a very good idea to have a bank holiday.

"And even if it's at the weekend - this is entirely a decision for the royal family - even if it's at a weekend, I think there would be a great temptation to have a bank holiday, a day of national celebration to mark what is happening."


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