Britain declares a public holiday on May 8 to honor King Charles III

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom will have another reason to celebrate the coronation of King Charles IIIfor the government has declared a special holiday on the occasion.

The feast day will be Monday, May 8, capping a three-day weekend beginning with the coronation. The coronation of Charles’ late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was also marked by what is known as a bank holiday in Britain.

“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 public holiday for the whole of the United Kingdom next year,” said the new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. 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.”

Charles will be crowned on May 6 at Westminster Abbey in London. His ceremony will be designed to preserve the monarchy’s historic traditions while looking to the future after the late queen’s 70-year reign. The coronation is expected to be shorter and less extravagant than the three-hour ceremony that installed Elizabeth in 1953, in line with Charles’ plans for a slimmed-down monarchy.

The coronation holiday means May will have three long weekends next year, with traditional public holidays already scheduled for May 1 and May 29.

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