The UK is gearing up to mark the coronation of King Charles on May 6, and there’s a convenient way to mark 10 days off by taking four days’ annual leave.
The king, 75, will be crowned in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6, but the country will still be able to enjoy a three-day weekend.
A public holiday has been introduced on May 8 to allow people to take part in the Sovereign’s Big Help Out charity initiative, meaning Britons will be able to enjoy a three-day weekend.
But the early May bank holiday, May Day, means workers who want a longer break for this joyous royal occasion can take up to 10 days off by booking just four days of annual leave.
Here’s how to maximize your annual leave with Sacre.
How to get 10 days off with 4 days annual leave
1. Saturday April 29: Weekend
2. Sunday April 30: Weekend
3. Monday May 1: public holiday
4. Tuesday 2: Day 1 of annual leave
5. Wednesday 3: second day of annual leave
6. Thursday 4: third day of annual leave
7. Friday 5: Fourth day of annual leave:
8. Saturday 5: Weekend
9. Sunday 6: Weekend
10. Monday 7: Public holiday
Monday May 1st is the annual bank holiday at the beginning of May and already offers a three-day weekend for people working Monday to Friday.
Monday May 8 is a public holiday across the country to celebrate the King’s accession to the throne and his Big Help Out charity initiative.
Thus, by booking Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3, Thursday 4 and Friday May 5, workers would mark a total of 10 days off, from Saturday April 29 to Tuesday May 10.
While the British settle their requests for annual leave, the King prepares for this coronation at Westminster Abbey.
It has been reported that the number of guests for the king’s coronation is so tight that many foreign royals and British aristocrats missed the invitational event.
But Charles and Camilla are hosting a dazzling reception at Buckingham Palace on Friday May 5, the day before their coronation, to greet the good and the great, including some of those who have been left out of the main event.
The first recorded coronation banquet dates back to 1194, while that of King George IV in 1821 was so lavish that 23 temporary kitchens were built next to Westminster Hall to produce 160 tureens of soup alone, as well as 3,271 cold dishes.
The event was so large that the Earl’s Deputy Marshal had to oversee the proceedings on horseback, straddling the center of the hall, and the cost was so shocking that another has not taken place since.
While the traditional coronation banquet will not take place, Their Majesties are delighted to welcome the crowned heads of several European monarchies as well as the First Lady of the United States.
More than 1,000 guests are expected at the special reception on May 5, along with most senior members of the royal family.
The event will not be a traditional seated dinner, but will be modeled on the reception Charles and Camilla also hosted for dignitaries and Commonwealth officials just before Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
“It will be more like the annual diplomatic reception held every December at Buckingham Palace, as opposed to a state banquet, and it will be a good mix of Majesty, family and friends,” a source said.
It is understood that many will be the spouses or children of guests who were not retained for the Abbey due to lack of staff.
Among them, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife, Queen Maxima, who will attend the coronation.
But they will be joined at Buckingham Palace on Friday by the former Queen, HRH Princess Beatrix, 85, who knows Charles well, and her granddaughter the future Queen, Catharina-Amalia, 19, the Princess of Orange.
“It will essentially be most of the Coronation VIP guests as well as anyone Their Majesties wanted to invite to the ceremony but were unable to due to reduced numbers at the Abbey,” another source said.
Sources said the plan was to use the palace ballroom, which is currently closed to all but the inner circle as it was set up as a replica of Westminster Abbey for private coronation rehearsals.
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