This is set for May 8, two days after the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey, a statement from 10 Downing Street said. As with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, the event will be an opportunity for ” families and communities across the country to come together and celebrate.” It was “a unique moment for our country,” said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in the statement: “In recognition of this historic event, I am pleased to announce an additional UK-wide public holiday next year.”
The 73-year-old Charles ascended the throne with the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8th. It is not uncommon for several months to elapse between the accession to the throne and the coronation. Reasons are the mourning period and the necessary preparations for the elaborate ceremony.
Elizabeth II was crowned on June 2, 1953. She had already inherited the throne on February 6, 1952 after the sudden death of her father, King George VI. mounted. More than 8,500 guests from all over the world attended the coronation ceremony, and the ceremony was broadcast live on television for the first time.