WA Premier Mark McGowan considering new public holiday for state, celebrating King Charles

WA Premier Mark McGowan says he will consider a public holiday for King Charles III’s coronation.

The coronation is scheduled for May 6 at London’s Westminster Abbey, eight months after his ascension to the throne on September 8, Perth Now reports.

“We’ll consider that in the future. No doubt it will be a historic occasion,” Mr McGowan said.

Britons have already been given an extra bank holiday on May 8 to mark the occasion. It will be the first time a coronation ceremony has taken place on a weekend since 1902 when Edward VII was crowned king.

A symbolic religious ceremony, a coronation formalises the transfer of power to the monarch and the sovereign’s role as the head of the Church of England.

Mr McGowan said WA Governor Chris Dawson will travel to the UK to attend the event.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also announced he will attend the coronation alongside Australian Governor-General David Hurley.

Mr Albanese previously met with King Charles III in September last year while he was in London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Federal Government is yet to confirm whether there will be a national public holiday for the crowning of the king.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will conducted the ceremony, crowning Charles, 74, alongside his wife Camilla, 75.

“Consort” will be dropped from Camilla’s royal title, according to the new edition of the Bible released to commemorate the coronation.

The crowning of King Charles III will be celebrated with traditional processions, a concert at Windsor Castle on May 7, street parties, light shows and community volunteering, according to Buckingham Palace.

After processions there and back, Charles and Camilla will then appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace accompanied by other members of the royal family.

Australians were given a one-off public holiday on September 22, called the “National Day of Mourning”, to coincide with a memorial service for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

This article originally appeared on Perth Now and was reproduced with permission

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