Will we have a Bank Holiday on the day of King Charles' Coronation? | The Sun

WHILE King Charles is officially the monarch of Britain, he is yet to be coronated and celebrated across the UK.

Brits are hoping that they can throw a good party fit for a King with an extra bank holiday for His Majesty's Coronation.

Will we have an extra Bank Holiday thanks to King Charles' Coronation?

Brits will get an extra bank holiday which will fall on Monday, May 8, 2023 – two days after the King is coronated at Westminster Abbey.

That means that there will be THREE bonus days off in May 2023.

The day of King Charles’ Coronation has been confirmed as Saturday, May 6, 2023.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gave the green light as he said: "The Coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country.

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"In recognition of this historic occasion, I am pleased to announce an additional bank holiday for the whole United Kingdom 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 across the country in his honour."

The tradition is carried forward, from when the UK was given a day off when the late Queen was coronated.

Cabinet office minister Oliver Dowden said: "The Coronation combines the sacred and the solemn but it is also celebratory.

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“This bank holiday will once again give people across the United Kingdom the opportunity to come together as families and communities to welcome His Majesty to the throne as we mark this important day in our nation’s long history.”

It will be the first coronation in the UK for the past 70 years, will be broadcast live and is expected to be witnessed by millions of people around the world.

When is King Charles' Coronation?

Although Charles technically became King the moment his mother, Queen Elizabeth II passed away, his Coronation has not yet happened.

It is scheduled for May 6, 2023, after Her Majesty’s death in September 2022.

King Charles was proclaimed the new sovereign by the special Accession Council on September 10, 2022.

The Coronation didn't take place in the weeks following The Queen’s death, which is a period of national mourning.

The Queen's own coronation was on June 2, 1953, over a year after her accession on February 6, 1952. 

King Charles’ Coronation ceremony itself will take place in Westminster Abbey, in accordance with a 900-year tradition.

The King is understood to want a smaller-than-usual affair in recognition of the rising cost of living and a modern monarchy.

The event will “represent modern Britain” and is expected to be cut down – lasting just one hour.

The service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be attended by representatives from the Houses of Parliament, Prime ministers and leading citizens from the Commonwealth, as well as other foreign officials.

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According to the plans, Charles will take the coronation oath to "rule according to law, to exercise justice with mercy – promises symbolised by the four swords in the coronation regalia (the Crown Jewels) – and to maintain the Church of England."

He will then be "anointed, blessed and consecrated" by the Archbishop and receive the orb and sceptres.

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