a holiday for the coronation of Charles III

The holiday will be observed on Monday, May 8, two days after the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, Downing Street said in a statement.

A ceremony “looking to the future”

“The coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in the statement, saying he hopes people will “pay tribute to King Charles III by attending events locally and nationally in the whole country. .

A public holiday had already been held for the coronation of Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953, as well as for her funeral on 19 September.

Buckingham Palace had announced a ceremony “that looks to the future, while being rooted in the long tradition and pomp of the monarchy”.

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