Bank Holiday Coronation of King Charles III. Britons get an extra day off

Bank Holiday Coronation of King Charles III. Britons get an extra day off


London
CNN:

Prime Minister of Great Britain Rishi Sunak Sunday was declared a public holiday to mark the coronation King Charles III next year.

Sunak said the bank holiday will take place from the day after Monday, May 8 crowning two days ago.

Charles, 73, automatically became monarch in September following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Days later he was officially approved as the new King of the United Kingdom during a ceremony at St. James’s Palace.

The British government said in a statement that the move was in line with the bank holiday that accompanied the late Queen’s coronation in 1953. The weekend will be an opportunity for families and communities across the UK to come together to celebrate, it added.

“The coronation of the new monarch is a unique moment for our country,” Sunak said. “To mark this historic occasion, I am delighted to announce an extra bank holiday for the whole of the UK next year.

“I look forward to seeing people come together to celebrate and pay tribute to King Charles III by taking part in local and national events in his honor across the country.”

Last month, Buckingham Palace announced that the coronation of the king will take place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey in London, where all coronations since 1066 have taken place. Edward V died before being crowned and Edward VIII abdicated.

The service will be a more modern affair than previous royal coronations and will “look to the future”, the palace said in a statement. It added that the occasion would still remain “rooted in long-standing traditions and pomp”.

The Queen Consort will also be crowned on this occasion in a similar but smaller ceremony.

Experts say Charles’ coronation will be a a considerably more subdued event than his mother, with arrangements affecting the ongoing cost of living crisis in the UK.

It is quite common for the government to declare bank holidays around royal occasions. Britons got two extra days this year, one for the late monarch’s funeral on September 19 and an earlier one in June to mark her platinum jubilee.



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