The Governor General Sir Bob Dadae by way of official gazette has revoked he appointment of Monday June 12th as public holiday to commemorate the birthday of late Queen Elizabeth II.
Friday the 16th of June has now been appointed new public holiday to observe the official birthday of His majesty King Charles III in lieu of Saturday 17th June.
Earlier, the Chief Secretary to Government, Ivan Pomaleu, announced late Thursday evening that the National Executive Council (NEC) had revoked the declared public holiday for Monday 12th June 2023 and endorsed Friday 16th June 2023 as the day to observe the official King’s Birthday.
“The Palace confirmed two days ago that the official birthday for King Charles III is the 17th of June 2023.”
“In lieu of the day falling on a Saturday, the NEC determined that Friday, the 16th of June 2023 is to be declared a Public Holiday to observe the King’s Birthday.”
Mr. Pomaleu confirmed that Monday, 12 June 2023 will be a normal working day for the country and that Friday 16th June 2023 will now be a Public Holiday.
He said that this notice was issued ahead of the National Gazette, released later this afternoon.
“I apologize for any inconvenience caused with this late announcement but until a confirmation came from the Palace, this corrective action for public record was not possible earlier.”