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King’s coronation date sparks calls for May bank holiday change

The announcement of the date for the king’s coronation has sparked calls for the May bank holiday to be changed to mark the event.

The deeply religious affair will take place on Saturday May 6 next year, with the Queen Consort being crowned alongside Charles, Buckingham Palace has announced.

It will take place at Westminster Abbey, eight months after the monarch’s accession to the throne and the death of the queen.

Following the announcement, the Daily Mail reports that a number of MPs have called for the bank holiday to be moved from May 1st to Monday May 8th to give the country a long weekend.

Former Tory Cabinet Secretary David Jones told the newspaper: “The combination of the two events would be welcomed by the whole nation.

“That would be a very special memory for all of us.”

His comments were echoed by former Labor frontbencher Khalid Mahmood, who said: “We can move the bank holiday to Coronation weekend.

“We have a unique system with the monarchy and an independent parliament – I would support it if the British put in a three-day weekend to mark the occasion.”

The palace said the ceremony will be “rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry” but will also “reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future”.

Charles III is anointed with holy oil, receives the orb, coronation ring and scepter, is crowned with the majestic St Edward’s Crown and is blessed during the historic ceremony.

Camilla is also anointed with holy oil and crowned, just like the Queen Mother when she was crowned queen in 1937.

May 6th is also the birthday of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie – Charles’ grandson – who turns four on the day.

Guest lists for the spectacle have yet to be confirmed, including whether Harry and Meghan will be invited or able to travel from California to attend.

The date also marked the wedding anniversary of the late Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, while the King’s grandfather, George VI, held his coronation in May.

The palace said the date was chosen in consultation with the government, the Church of England and the royal household, but no further details were given as to why it was chosen.

“Buckingham Palace is pleased to announce that the coronation of His Majesty the King will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023,” the palace said.

“The coronation ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey in London and will be officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

“At the ceremony, His Majesty King Charles III. crowned alongside the Queen Consort.

“The coronation will reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry.”

It goes without saying that the ceremony will incorporate the same core elements of traditional worship, which has shared a similar structure for more than 1,000 years, while acknowledging the spirit of our time.

Charles’s coronation is expected to be smaller and shorter, with suggestions it could last just an hour instead of over three.

It is expected to be more inclusive of multi-religious Britain than previous coronations, but it will be an Anglican service.

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