Bank holiday approved by King Charles III for Queen’s funeral - expected to take place on Monday September 19

The proclamation of the new monarch was televised live from St. James’ Palace in London for the first time in the history of the United Kingdom.

King Charles III has confirmed the day on which Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place will be a bank holiday for the whole of the United Kingdom.

The newly proclaimed monarch approved the bank holiday during the first part of his proclamation in St. James’ Palace, London.

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Lord President of the Council Penny Mordaunt said: “Drafts of two proclamations. One – appointing the day of Her late Majesty’s state funeral as a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

King Charles III during the Accession Council at St James's Palace, London, where King Charles III is formally proclaimed monarch. Charles automatically became King on the death of his mother, but the Accession Council, attended by Privy Councillors, confirms his role. Picture date: Saturday September 10, 2022.

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    “Two – appointing the day of Her late Majesty’s state funeral as a bank holiday in Scotland.

    “And of two orders in council, directing the Lord Chancellor to affix the great seal to the proclamations.”

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    Charles answered: “Approved.”

    King Charles III continued with his proclamation saying he has now dedicated the rest of his life to fulfilling his duties and responsibilities as the new sovereign.

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    “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 my 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.

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    “And in carrying out the heavy task that has been laid upon me, and to which I now dedicate what remains to me of my life, I pray for the guidance and help of Almighty God.”

    King Charles III with the Prince of Wales, the Queen during the Accession Council at St James’s Palace, London, where King Charles III is formally proclaimed monarch. Charles automatically became King on the death of his mother, but the Accession Council, attended by Privy Councillors, confirms his role. Picture date: Saturday September 10, 2022. (Photo: PA)
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    The date of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral has just been confirmed as Monday September 19, 2022.