King Charles III has approved an order that Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be a bank holiday in the UK.
The 73-year-old monarch – who was formally confirmed as King during an Accession Council at St James’ Palace in London on Saturday (09.10.22) – approved the proposal from the Lord President of the Council Penny Mordaunt.
She proposed that the day of the Queen’s funeral will be a bank holiday across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
King Charles then signed the proclamation, approving the bank holiday.
The date of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral has not yet been announced, but it is expected to take place on Monday, 19 September.
Meanwhile, Charles paid tribute to his mother after being formally proclaimed as sovereign at the Accession Council on Saturday.
King Charles said: “It is my most sorrowful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved mother the Queen. I know how deeply you and the entire nation and I think I may say the whole world sympathizes with me in the irreparable loss we have all suffered. It is the greatest consolation to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and my brothers and as such overwhelming affection and support should be extended to our whole family in our loss. To all of us as a family.
“As to this kingdom and to the wider family of nations of which it is a part, my mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service. My mother’s reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve we give thanks for this most faithful life. I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty which have now passed to me. In taking up these responsibilities I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these islands, and of the commonwealth realms and territories across the world. In this purpose I know that I shall be upheld by the affection and loyalty of the peoples whose sovereign I have been called upon to be, and in the discharge of these duties, I will be guided by the council of their elected parliaments.
He said: “In all this I am profoundly encouraged by the constant support of my beloved wife. I take this opportunity to confirm my willingness and intention to continue the tradition of surrendering the hereditary revenues, including the crown estate to the government for the benefit of all in return for the sovereign grant which supports my official duties as head of state and head of nation.
“In carrying out the heavy task that has been laid upon me, to which I dedicate what remains to me of my life. I pray for the guidance and help of almighty God.”