Over land and sea! Brits plan to stop holiday and celebrate King Charles III's coronation
Holidaymakers are taking full advantage of the bank holiday and heading for sunny weather this weekend, while the U.K. looks to get a soaking during King Charles III's coronation celebrations.
Fed up with the miserable weather so far this year, Brits are jetting off on their hols. But that doesn't mean they won't be celebrating the coronation, with one in three (28%) people planning on taking decorations like Union Jacks to mark the occasion, while 21% are taking their own bunting to hang.
Some are going so far as to pack a portrait of the monarch in their luggage (15%) alongside a King Charles III Coronation mug (13%) to celebrate this historical moment.
But rather than sitting at home to watch King Charles and Queen Camilla get crowned in Westminster Abbey, a new study has revealed that one in four (23%) holidaymakers will be raising a glass to the royal couple from a beach bar, while 15% will make a special effort and seek out a British pub.
In a new research study of 2,000 U.K. adults commissioned by easyJet Holidays, over half of Brits have planned their trips around destinations and resorts that will be screening the coronation, with a third reserving tables at local bars to ensure they secure a prime view of the event on a big plasma screen.
In addition, a third plan to eat at a British pub or restaurant on 6 May to commemorate the day, and a further one in 10 plan to book a table once they arrive at their holiday destination.
In a nod to those celebrating the coronation from a beach, the world's first Buckingham Palace sandcastle bucket was created for easyJet Holidays and unveiled on West Wittering Beach.
But you won't be able to fit it into your luggage. It can create an unbelievable sculpture with 760 windows and even four gates, measuring 3ft wide by 0.8ft high by 0.6ft deep and containing 3-4kgs of sand. That is one big castle.
Garry Wilson, CEO of easyJet Holidays, commented: "With so many Brits keen to celebrate the Coronation whilst on holiday either from beaches, swimming pools or resort bars we wanted to create our very own tribute to King Charles III by immortalizing his official London residence Buckingham Palace out of sand."
To celebrate the coronation, easyJet Holidays is launching its 'Holidays Fit For A King' summer promotion, which is available in selected five-star hotels across a number of destinations. All packages include flights, accommodation, 23kg luggage per person, and transfers on beach holidays.