United Kingdom: a public holiday declared on May 8, 2023 for the coronation of Charles III

The British will be able to rest on May 8. Downing Street announced Sunday, November 6, that the day will be a public holiday to mark the coronation of King Charles III, eight months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. “The coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country”said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, quoted in the press release, saying he hoped that the population “pay homage to King Charles III by participating in local and national events across the country”. This holiday will be observed two days after the ceremony held at Westminster Abbey.

A public holiday had already been observed for the coronation of Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, as well as for her funeral on September 19. Buckingham Palace had announced a ceremony “looking towards the future, while being rooted in the long tradition and pomp of the monarchy”.

According to the British press, the coronation will be, in accordance with Charles III’s wish for a tightened monarchy and in a context of economic crisis, shorter and less expensive than that of his mother. The latter had lasted more than three hours, in front of 8,251 guests massed in the Abbey.

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