Prince Philip died yesterday at the age of 99 and a national holiday has been suggested as one of the way’s to honour his life. And an exclusive Express.co.uk poll has found almost two thirds of readers would back calls for the nation to celebrate the Duke’s memory with an extra day off.
The poll found 65 percent (1,536 people) thought there should there be national bank holiday in remembrance of Duke.
It showed 34 percent (649 people) did not feel a holiday would be an appropriate way to commemorate Prince Philip’s life while 1 percent (25 people) said they didn’t know.
A total of 2,210 people took part in the online poll which ran from 2.45pm until 9.45pm on Saturday April 10 2021.
One reader said: “I am no royalist yet respect the monarchy.
“I strongly believe that Her Majesty’s subjects should be allowed to mourn our late Duke.”
Another said: “Yes, I’ve worked right through the pandemic. It would be nice to have a day off.”
Another said: “There are many other ways of remembering him.
“We already have a Duke of Edinburgh Award so how about a Prince Philip Award for those everyday people who have given something of importance to society.”
The idea of a national holiday surfaced after members of the public wishing to pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh were warned to stay away from Windsor Castle and other palaces during his funeral.
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Both the royal family and the Government urged people to keep their distance during the televised farewell to Philip from within the grounds of the castle on April 17.
Businesses were told they are not expected to close during the period of national mourning lasting until the day after next Saturday’s funeral.
But a Cabinet Office document entitled “Guidance for the Period of National Mourning” did advise firms they may wish to make arrangements for observing the minute-long silence starting at 3pm on April 17.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be family affair attended by close relatives, with the guest list limited to just 30 because of coronavirus restrictions.
The Queen and Philip’s children and grandchildren will gather to pay their respects to the much loved royal patriarch.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be present to allow for as many family members as possible to be there amid the COVID-19 rules, Downing Street said.
The Duke’s long-standing close aide, his private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell, will be one of the few, and possibly only, non-royals invited to attend the historic occasion inside St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday.