Downing Street has "no plans" to make Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding date in spring 2018 into an extra bank holiday.
The news will be disappointing to much of the UK public, who hoped for an extra day off, just like when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, tied the knot in April 2011. No 10 Downing Street, which has the power to call a bank holiday, confirmed the news around six hours after Harry and Meghan's engagement was announced.
A spokesman told reporters there was no precedent for a bank holiday in these circumstances. The weddings of Prince Andrew in 1986 and Prince Edward in 1999 did not result in a day off for the nation.
Harry and Meghan's engagement was announced on Monday morning (27 November) and the Queen and Prince Philip were said to be delighted. Kensington Palace said in a statement: "Prince Harry has informed The Queen and other close members of The Royal Family.
"The wedding will take place in spring 2018. Further details will be announced in due course."
For many people who were not that bothered about the royal news, the silver lining in the news lay in the idea of an extra bank holiday. However, now that idea has been struck down. "Theresa May can't even get a bank holiday for a Royal Wedding. Genuinely the worst PM ever.," said one Twitter user. Another said: "So, we aren't getting a bank holiday for the royal wedding?? Back to not being bothered about it."
See some of the online reaction below: