Government House announced today that Monday, May 8 will be a public holiday in celebration of the coronation of King Charles.

The Governor, Rena Lalgie, will sign the proclamation, with celebrations set to kick off on Saturday, May 6 – the actual day of the coronation – with a ceremonial tree planting and the opening of a coronation garden at Botanical Gardens.

On Sunday, May 7, there will be a service of Thanksgiving at The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity.

On Monday, the public holiday, there will be a children’s reading festival, sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport.

A Government spokeswoman said: “It should be noted that the establishment of a coronation garden reflects His Majesty’s work in support of the environment and sustainable farming, and the planned children’s reading festival recognises Her Majesty the Queen Consort’s commitment to literacy, particularly for young people.”

Further details of the events will be released in the weeks ahead.