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Brits want a bank holiday to celebrate the Royal baby

12th July 2013 Print

On the eve of the Royal birth, 48% of the nation believes we should wake up to an additional days holiday to celebrate the impending Royal arrival, according to a Great British Moments survey of 1,000 members of the British public conducted by Greenall’s Original London Dry Gin. The survey reveals our views on Great British moments including bank holidays, the monarchy and our favourite tipple, the G&T.

Inspired by the generosity of the additional public holidays the nation enjoyed to celebrate the Royal Wedding in 2011 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, almost half of the UK believe we should be offered a similar day to celebrate the birth of the future King or Queen.

70% want another bank holiday

Whether or not to mark a Royal celebration, a landslide 70% of the UK has requested an additional Bank Holiday, as the UK currently has 8 bank holidays compared to the US who get 11 bank holidays, Austria 12 and our French counterparts who receive 13.

Almost half of survey participants want the additional bank holiday to fall within the height of the summer months so Brits can capitalise on the hottest time of the year.

It is suggested that an extra day’s holiday would help ease the increasing stress levels felt by workers and improve the quality of life for families across the UK.

“The people have spoken; Brits want another Bank Holiday. There are so many fantastic Great British moments, it would be lovely to have one more day to celebrate and share these as a nation. And what better way to toast the occasion than with a classic British gin & tonic,” says Sinead O’Frighil, Global Brands Development Manager at Greenall’s Gin.

Toast to the Queen

The survey also found out that Britain’s favourite alcoholic drink is a Gin & Tonic, a classic cocktail that has been synonymous with British culture since the late seventeenth century.

Not only do 35% of people say it is their tipple of choice, but nearly half (49%) of the UK believes that it is also the Queen’s favourite drink.