British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Sunday that there would be a public holiday to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III next year.
Sunak said the holiday will fall on Monday, May 8, following the coronation two days earlier.
Charles, 73, automatically became monarch in September on the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Days later, he was formally confirmed as the new king of the United Kingdom in a ceremony in St. Jaume’s Palace
The British government said in a statement that the move was in line with the public holiday that accompanied the coronation of the late Queen in 1953. The day off would be an opportunity for families and communities across the UK to come together to celebrate – yes, he added.
“The coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country,” Sunak said. “In recognition of this historic occasion, I am delighted to announce an additional 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 participating in local and national events around 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 monarchs they have been crowned there. Edward V died before he could be crowned and Edward VIII abdicated.
The service will be more modern than previous royal coronations and “look to the future,” the palace said in a statement. He added that the occasion will still be “rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry”.
The occasion will also see the Queen Consort crowned in a similar but smaller ceremony.
Experts say Charles’ coronation will be a significantly more subdued event than his mother’s, with arrangements influenced by Britain’s ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
It is quite common for the government to declare public holidays during royal occasions. This year, Britons have been given two extra days: one for the late monarch’s funeral on September 19 and earlier in June to celebrate her platinum jubilee.