The date of the Queen’s funeral, which will also be a bank holiday in the UK, has officially been confirmed.
The bank holiday was among several orders approved by Charles after he was formally proclaimed King this morning (September 10). The date of the funeral and bank holiday have now been confirmed to take place on Monday 19th September.
It means schools and many workplaces will be closed on the day.
During the ceremony earlier today, Lord President of the Council Penny Mordaunt, said: “One: appointing the day of her Majesty’s state funeral as a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“Two: appointing the day of her late Majesty’s state funeral as a bank holiday in Scotland.”
King Charles responded: “Approved.”
Charles automatically became king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on Thursday (September 8) but today’s ceremony was a formal proclamation of his sovereignty.
“I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty which have now passed to me,” the King said during his proclamation speech.
He added: “I take this opportunity to confirm my willingness and intention to continue the tradition of surrendering the hereditary revenues, including the Crown Estate, to my government for the benefit of all, in return for the Sovereign Grant.”
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