With much of the UK set to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday on 11 June, travellers from Russia, the Philippines and Japan are showing a lot more interest in a trip to England than Commonwealth countries, according to travel search site Cheapflights.co.uk.
The website analysed travel searches to the UK during the planned celebrations for the monarch’s 90th birthday. They found that there was a 273% increase in traffic from Russia compared to the previous week, a 150% increase from the Philippines, a 125% increase from Japan, a 120% increase from Latvia, 114% from Lithuania and 111% from the Netherlands.
The company also noted that travellers from Commonwealth nations seemed much less interested in travelling to the UK during that time, stating that searches in Canada dropped by 53% compared to the previous week, by 37% in South Africa, and by 77% in Cyprus and Malta.
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The company noted in a statement that “Americans are uncharacteristically lacklustre about the upcoming royal occasion, with searches for travel from the US to the UK down by 17 per cent, week on week”.
While the Queen’s actual birthday is on 21 April, her official birthday celebrations are generally held on the second Saturday in June. The official birthday celebrations, which will be held on the 11th, will include the Queen and members of the Royal Family attending the Trooping of the Colour parade, which travels between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade in London. The Queen will also make a public appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. On 12 June, there will be a large street party on The Mall and the event will be broadcast on BBC.
For those travellers in London who are less interested in celebrating the Queen’s big day and more interested in sports, pubs that normally close at 11 pm will be able to stay open two-hours late on 10 and 11 June – happily coinciding with the Euro 2016 football championship.