Brits to get extra Bank Holiday next year to celebrate King Charles coronation

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    Brits will be treated to an extra bank holiday next year.

    The Government has proclaimed an additional bank holiday to mark the coronation of King Charles III next year.

    Downing Street said the holiday will fall on Monday May 8 following the coronation at Westminster Abbey two days earlier on Saturday May 6. It will take place across the UK.

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    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that – as was the case with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 – it will be an opportunity for families and communities across the country to come together to celebrate.

    The announcement follows calls from Tory MPs for the Government to either move the early May bank holiday from May 1 to coincide with the coronation weekend or to declare an extra day off.

    Mr Sunak said: “The coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country.

    “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 Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Oliver Dowden, said: “The coronation combines the sacred and the solemn but it is also celebratory.

    “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.”

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    Announcing the news of the coronation date, The Palace released a statement which said: "Buckingham Palace is pleased to announce that the coronation of His Majesty The King will take place on Saturday, May 6 2023.

    "The coronation ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, London, and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    "The ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside the Queen Consort."

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    It added: "The coronation will reflect the monarch's role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry."

    Some 2,000 guests are expected to be in attendance – although this is will be a much smaller affair than the late Queen's coronation, which hosted around 8,000 people.

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