Britain crowned its first new monarch of the 21st century on Saturday as King Charles III swore an oath of duty – “not to be served, but to serve” – seven months after the death of his mother. His wife Camilla was crowned Queen.
The TV viewing figures for the coronation have been released as Britons are gearing up for big lunches attended by royals and a star-studded concert at Windsor Castle on Sunday.
Will there be a bank holiday for King Charles’ coronation?
Yes! There will be a bank holiday on Monday 8 May 2023 to mark the coronation weekend. This is welcome news since it follows the Spring bank holiday on Monday 1 May, in the week prior to the coronation.
What will happen during King Charles’ coronation?
The religious event is expected to be an Anglican service on a smaller scale than the Queen’s coronation.
Guest numbers will to drop from 8,000 to 2,000 and the running time has been cut down from three hours
During the ceremony, the King will be anointed, blessed and consecrated by the Archbishop.
King Charles is also expected to sign a proclamation formally declaring the date of the coronation at a meeting of the Privy Council later this year.
When are the rest of the bank holiday weekends in the UK?
Here’s a complete list of this year’s confirmed bank holidays:
- Monday 1 May – Early May bank holiday
- Monday 8 May – King’s Coronation bank holiday
- Monday 29 May – Spring bank holiday
- Monday 28 August – Summer bank holiday
- Monday 25 December – Christmas Day
- Tuesday 26 December – Boxing Day
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