May Bank Holiday should be moved to celebrate King Charles' coronation, MPs say | The Sun

THE May Bank Holiday should be moved to celebrate King Charles' coronation, MPs say.

The coronation of the King and Camilla, the Queen Consort has been scheduled for Saturday, May 6, the Palace announced on Tuesday.


But as the Bank Holiday falls on Monday, May 1, MPs want this to be delayed a week so Brits get a long weekend to mark the coronation.

It would mean a Bank Holiday would start on the day of the King and Queen's crowning on Saturday, May 6 and run until Monday, May 8.

Former Tory Cabinet Minister David Jones said: "To combine the two events would be welcomed by the entire nation.

"It would make a very special memory for all of us."

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Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood agreed, adding: "A Bank Holiday would help strengthen our transition to a new era."

While Labour's Khalid Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, echoed the calls, adding: "We have a unique system with the monarchy and an independent parliament.

"I would back Britons having a three-day weekend to mark the occasion."

A Bank Holiday has not yet been confirmed for the weekend of the coronation.

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And it is unlikely an extra day will be granted, royal sources stressed.

It comes as royal aide said any plan to create a Bank Holiday weekend or hold other large-scale celebratory events around the historic crowning would be up to the Government.

But last night a Downing Street source did not rule out the idea, telling the Daily Mail: "No decisions have been taken."

His Majesty's coronation at London's Westminster Abbey will take place almost 70 years after his mother's ceremony in 1953.

The May 6 date for the Coronation will however clash with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie's fourth birthday.

The King is understood to want a scaled-back Coronation in recognition of the rising cost of living and to support his idea of slimmed-down monarchy.

The event will “represent modern Britain” and is expected to be cut to just an hour – a third of the length of the Queen's 1953 coronation.

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Despite this, the event will still boast the pomp and ceremony of nine centuries of royal traditions.

It was previously reported the historic event would be held in June 2023, the 70th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

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