“All options are open” as to whether there should be a coronation holiday, says Downing Street.
Buckingham Palace’s announcement on Tuesday that King Charles III. on Saturday 6 May 2023, at Westminster Abbey, has prompted calls for a special day off to mark the occasion.
Some MPs have called for the planned bank holiday on May 1 to be pushed back a week to Monday 8 May to allow the country a long weekend.
Prime Minister Liz Truss’ official spokesman today confirmed No 10 is in talks with the Palace but said the planning is still at an early stage.
When asked if May Day could be postponed or a new holiday created, the spokesman replied that “all options remain on the table”.
A decision will be announced “as soon as possible,” he added.
Ministers recognize that the coronation “will be a historic event watched and celebrated by millions across the country” and are carefully considering how best to celebrate it, he said.
However, he added that the potential impact on businesses that could be shut down by an additional holiday would also be taken into account.
A spokesman for Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said a bank holiday “would certainly be a good way for the country to celebrate the coronation”.