Extra holiday for the coronation of King Charles confirmed

Britain is getting an extra holiday for the coronation of King Charles III after concerns about the effect on the economy were allayed by Downing Street.

Rishi Sunak has designated Monday 8 May as an official day of rest – two days after the coronation and just a week after the May holiday at the beginning of the month.

Clearly the decision to hold a public holiday was taken by Downing Street, not Buckingham Palace, and sources at the Palace declined to comment on the news last night.

But Mr Sunak said the day would be a “unique moment for our country” and encouraged the public to use the long weekend to celebrate.

Public holidays apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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

“I look forward to seeing people come together to celebrate and pay tribute to King Charles III by participating in local and national events across the country in his honor.”

Plans for a modest ceremony in full swing

Preparations have already begun for the coronation, which will be “glorious but not showy” according to those close to the discussion, and designed to reflect the “national mood” and economic turmoil.

An understated ceremony at Westminster Abbey will feature a shorter guest list than would otherwise be expected, while it’s “unlikely” that King Charles will experience as many outfit changes throughout the day as his predecessors.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative MP, has previously said the event should not be downsized and should be “sufficiently dignified for our sovereign”.

“The last coronation was for a government that lasted 70 years,” he said last month, adding: “This is not something that happens often, it has to be done right.”


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