A bank holiday could still be “on the table” for King Charles III’s coronation, despite sources saying it was highly unlikely. Downing Street confirmed “all options remain on the table” today after MPs called for Brits to get the day off on May 6, 2023. Buckingham Palace announced that Charles, alongside his wife Camilla, will be crowned next Spring on Saturday, May 6.
The Mirror revealed that after high level discussions with the government, taking in a range of factors including clashes with sporting events, the availability of Westminster Abbey and the Archbishop of Canterbury and even the likelihood of favourable weather conditions, ministers agreed it was “highly unlikely” there will be any extra time off.
But the Government could still change their mind, with MPs voting in favour of classing the day as a bank holiday.
Suggestions have even been made to move the original May 1 bank holiday back a week to create a three-day weekend for Brits to enjoy.
Tory former Cabinet minister David Jones told the Daily Mail: “To combine the two events would be welcomed by the entire nation.
“It would make a very special memory for all of us.”
His comments were echoed by former Labour frontbencher Khalid Mahmood, who said: “We can move the holiday back to the coronation weekend.
“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.”
The PM’s official spokesman said: “This will be a historic event, celebrated by millions across the country. We are carefully considering plans now that the Palace has confirmed the date.
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He said: “I think that would be a good way for the country to be able to celebrate the coronation.
“Obviously it’s all a conversation to happen between the Government and the Palace as to what to would be appropriate but moving the May bank holiday forward or back… to that weekend would be a good idea.”