Coronation of King Charles III Holiday: Britons are given an extra day off


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CNN

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Sunday that there would be a public holiday next year to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

Sunak said the public holiday would be on Monday, May 8, following the coronation two days earlier.

Charles, 73, automatically became monarch when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died in September. A few days later, he was formally confirmed as the new King of the United Kingdom at a ceremony held at St. James’s Palace.

The British government said in a statement that the move coincided with the public holiday that accompanied the Queen’s coronation in 1953. The break would be an opportunity for families and communities across the UK to come together to celebrate, he added.

“The coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country,” Sunak said. “In recognition of this historic moment, I am announcing an additional bank holiday for the whole of the UK next year.

“I look forward to people coming together to celebrate and honor King Charles III by participating in local and national events across the country in his honor.”

Buckingham Palace announced last month that the king’s coronation would take place on May 6 at London’s Westminster Abbey, the site of all coronations since 1066. Since William the Conqueror, all but two kings and queens have been crowned there. Edward V died before his coronation and Edward VIII abdicated.

The service will be a more modern affair than previous royal coronations and will be “forward-looking”, the palace said in a statement. He added that the occasion will still be “rooted in long-standing traditions and shows”.

On the occasion, they will also crown the Queen Consort in a similar but smaller ceremony.

Experts say Charles’ coronation will be a more subdued event than his mother’s due to the ongoing cost of living crisis in the UK.

It is quite common for the government to declare bank holidays during royal periods. This year, Britons have received two extra days: one on September 19 for the monarch’s funeral, and one in June to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.