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Royal Wedding

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This year, the royal wedding bestowed us with an extra public holiday; next June, Britain gets a bank holiday bonus to commemorate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. The first weekend of June is to be extended to four days, with the normal spring bank holiday moved to Monday 4 June and the following day designated the Queen's diamond jubilee holiday.

Kaiser Wilhelm junior gives Germany its own royal wedding

Set in the grounds of a Potsdam palace, with plenty of aristocracy on the 700-strong guest list and an opulent six-horse-drawn carriage for the ride home, the marriage of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie Johanna Maria of Isenburg, which takes place today, is being hailed as Germany's own "royal" wedding. The only difference is, the couple aren't royals.

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Home loan numbers fall

Mortgage approvals for people buying a home and switching to a new deal dropped during April as the long bank holiday weekends and economic uncertainty dented activity in the property market.