King Charles announces UK bank holiday on day of Queens funeral

King Charles III has granted the whole of the United Kingdom a bank holiday on the day of the Queen's funeral.

Penny Mourdant, the newly appointed Lord President of the Council of the United Kingdom, led the solemn proceedings and made made statements for the monarch to approve.

Historically the Privy Council would be summoned to the Accession Council to oversee the proclamation of the new monarch, but this year restrictions were be put in place with just 200 summoned.

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Those who were not summoned were asked to enter a ballot.

Reading out statements for the new King to grant, Ms 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.

"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."

Charles answered: "Approved."

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In his declaration, Charles continued: "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 throughout 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 that in the discharge of these duties I will be guided by the counsel of their elected parliaments."

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Continuing the declaration, the King 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 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.

"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."

Applause and cheers of 'God save the King' broke out outside St James's Palace after the accession proclamation, before a crowd of thousands sang the chorus of the national anthem, singing 'King' in place of 'Queen'.

Those gathered outside the palace then gave three cheers for the new king before standing and listening to a gun salute in the distance.


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