Western Australians could get an extra public holiday this year for the coronation of King Charles III.

Premier Mark McGowan said the ceremony would be “historic occasion”.

He said a potential public holiday would be considered.

Should there be a national public holiday for the King’s coronation?

The coronation will take place on Saturday, May 6, with a “Coronation Big Lunch” and “Coronation Concert” the following day, and an extra holiday on Monday.

The public will be invited on the last day to join “The Big Help Out” by volunteering in their communities.

The coronation itself will be “a solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry,” conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the palace said.

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort attend the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 13, 2023 in London
King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort. Charles will be officially crowned in May. (Jordan Pettitt – WPA Pool/ Getty Images)

It will, the palace reiterated, “reflect the Monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”

That line from the palace has been interpreted by experts as a hint that Charles’ coronation will be different and more subdued from the one his late mother experienced seven decades ago, with a shorter ceremony and amendments to some of the feudal elements of the ritual.

Queen Elizabeth’s coronation was the first live televised royal event and lasted three hours.

King Charles III receives the High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Australia, Stephen Smith, and his wife Jane Seymour, during an audience at Buckingham Palace, on March 9, 2023 in London

King Charles meets Australia’s new High Commissioner in UK

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