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Britain celebrates King Charles’ coronation day

King Charles’ coronation ceremony will take place next year. (File)

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the coronation of King Charles III on Monday, May 8, shortly after the coronation itself on May 6, will be celebrated with an additional public holiday across the country.

King Charles, 73, automatically became king after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, in September, but the grand coronation ceremony for him and his wife Camilla will take place next year.

The late Queen’s coronation in 1953 was accompanied by an additional public holiday, and the granting of a public holiday in 2023 would follow that tradition, the prime minister’s office said, giving families and communities time to enjoy the historic event.

“The coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country,” Rishi Sunak said in the statement on Sunday. “In recognition of this historic occasion, I am delighted to announce an additional holiday for the entire UK next year.”

The ceremony will take place at London’s Westminster Abbey and will follow the traditional pageantry used for the anointing of monarchs for the past 1,000 years.

Kings and queens of England, and later Great Britain and the United Kingdom, have been crowned at Westminster Abbey since William the Conqueror in 1066. Charles is the 41st monarch in a lineage going back to William, and he will be the oldest monarch to be crowned.

Charles is king and head of state not only of the United Kingdom, but of 14 other realms, including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

This year Britain has had two additional public holidays, one to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s platinum anniversary in June and the second on the day of her funeral in September.

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