Brits call for extra Bank Holiday to celebrate Meghan and Harry’s baby news

Britain absolutely loves a Bank Holiday weekend and with the birth of a new royal baby some are calling for an extra day off work to celebrate the exciting news.

On Sunday Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the wonderful news that they had welcomed their new baby daughter into the world.

Named Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the eighth in line to the throne was born on Friday, June 4 weighing a healthy 7lb 11oz.

Harry and Meghan released a statement describing Lilibet as more than they "could have ever imagined".

Although there is no precedent in recent memory for a Bank Holiday to be announce at the birth of a royal that has certainly not stopped some clamouring for one.

One post on Twitter said: "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced the birth of their daughter Lillibet. Congratulations to them, that calls for a bank holiday weekend next week IMO."

Of course the cries for an extended weekend have nothing to do with getting an extra day's session in the pub or a lazy day on the beach and everything to do with the birth of little Lili.

It is not unusual for Bank Holidays, or Public Holidays, to be announced for important celebrations involving the Royal Family.

In 2002 Prime Minister Tony Blair announced a one-off public holiday for Monday, June 3, 2002, to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

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And in 2012 the Queen's Diamond Jubilee involved a four day weekend with the public given an extra day off to celebrate.

Marriages have also given rise to a Bank Holiday with Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding on April 29, 2011 declared a day off.

In 2022 Brits will also be treated to an extra Bank Holiday in June to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, recognising 70 years on the throne.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.

"The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service."

Last month leaders in the tourism and hospitality sector called for an extra bank holiday in September after weather ruined the long weekend in May.

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