To mark the coronation of Charles III, 8 May 2023 will be a bank holiday

The British will be able to rest on Monday 8 May. The government announced on Sunday that this day will be a public holiday in Britain to mark the coronation of King Charles III, eight months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The commemoration will be held two days after the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, Downing Street said. “The coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said, saying he hoped people would “pay tribute to King Charles III by attending local and national events across the country.” .

A similar decision in 1953

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”. According to the British press, the coronation will be shorter and cheaper than his mother’s, in accordance with Charles III’s wish for a stricter monarchy and in a context of economic crisis. The latter had lasted more than three hours in front of 8,251 guests gathered in the monastery.

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