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Welsh Conservatives back calls for bank holiday to mark coronation of King Charles

12 Oct 2022 2 minute read
Tom Giffard MS speaking in the Senedd

The Welsh Conservatives are backing calls for a bank holiday to mark the coronation of King Charles III next year.

Buckingham Palace announced yesterday that Charles is set to be crowned King on Saturday May 6, with the Queen Consort crowned at the same time.

Coronations have not traditionally been held on a weekend, with the late Queen’s taking place on a Tuesday.

It has not yet been officially confirmed whether there will be any arrangements for a bank holiday.

Disruption

Responding to announcement, Conservative Shadow Culture Minister, Tom Giffard MS said: “We recognise the King’s decision to hold his coronation on a Saturday, perhaps reflecting a humble desire to cause minimal disruption to our everyday lives.

“However, there is a clear appetite from the British people to mark this event officially and to celebrate His Majesty’s new reign with a bank holiday.

“This will be a truly historic event with immense cultural significance. For many, this will be the first coronation they will have witnessed, and we are fully behind calls to move the bank holiday in his honour.”

The coronation is expected to be on a smaller scale and shorter amid the cost-of-living crisis, with suggestions that it could last just one hour rather than over three.

Guest numbers will be reduced from 8,000 to around 2,000, with peers expected to wear suits and dresses instead of ceremonial robes, and a number of rituals, such as the presentation of gold ingots, axed.

Traditions

The Palace said the ceremony next year will be “rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry” but also “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future”.

Charles III will be anointed with holy oil, receive the orb, coronation ring and sceptre, be crowned with the majestic St Edward’s Crown and blessed during the historic ceremony.

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


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Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

The last coronation. Truly historic, great.

Last edited 1 month ago by Quornby
Frank
Frank
1 month ago

How about discussing a St. David’s Day bank holiday instead of boot licking the royals? There is no knighthoods for doing so only a grateful nation. Which is more important I wonder?

Last edited 1 month ago by Frank
Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

The ‘Welsh’ conservatives can have their coronation bank holiday when we eject them across the border come independence.

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

No thanks, I didn’t watch a second of that death nonsense and was sick of it all. Rather a day for my country of Cymru, to celebrate us as a people and what our future could be. No Imperialsim and racism of royalty, just us as equals celebrating our culture. Even after centuries of its destruction.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

From what I understand this proposal would replace the May Day Bank Holiday (yet again). The Welsh Secretary recently advocated for St Davids Day to be a Bank Holiday in Wales in replacement of May Day.
Does this mean we would miss out on the Kings Coronation Holiday if the Tories get it their way?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

What a bunch of hypocritical sychophantic little Englanders the Welsh Conservatives are. Strange how there’s no cross border or business confusion issues when it comes to a bank holiday to celebrate King Charles III but there was with a St’ ‘David day holiday? Treacherous ne’er-do -wells.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

If it had a union Jack on it, the Tory’s here would back a dead donkey in the grand national.

Nia James
Nia James
1 month ago

“Immense cultural significance” should read mega-rich, unelected buffoons wearing stolen jewellery and dabbling with holy oil. Well worth the projected £46 million.

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