King Charles III is set to be coronated on Saturday, May sixth-which will mark the first-weekend coronation in over a century.
As the coronation ceremony will be held on a Saturday it was thought that there would be no new bank holiday to mark the event. However, the government has confirmed that there will be a bank holiday, much to the delight of all UK citizens, which will be held on Monday 8th, two days after the coronation. The day off is intended for families and communities across the UK to come together and celebrate.
This change and the announcement from Downing Street came following calls from backbench Conservative MPs for the bank holiday schedule on May 1st to be moved to mark the weekend, or for an extra bank holiday to be added.
The UK’s new Prime Minister, Rishi 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.”
He added: “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 honor.”
The coronation of King Charles III will be an Anglican service and will be carried out by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The coronation ceremony will involve six basic stages: recognition, the oath, the anointing, the investiture, the enthronement, and the homage. The main and most important part of the whole procedure is, of course, the anointing with holy oil.
King Charles III will wear St Edward’s Crown at the end of the coronation ceremony.
The crown was created in 1661 and belonged to Edward the Confessor. It is quite heavy as it is made entirely of solid gold. It is currently located in the Crown Jewels collection at the Tower of London.