Imperial Engagement Day

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Imperial Engagement Day
The hands of the Emperor and Princess Consort displaying their new engagement rings shortly after having proposed to each other.
Observed byEmpire of Austenasia
TypeNational holiday
SignificanceAnniversary of the engagement of Emperor Jonathan I to Princess Consort Hannah
CelebrationsCelebratory meal
Date5 September

Imperial Engagement Day is a public holiday in the Empire of Austenasia. Celebrated on 5 September, the holiday celebrates the anniversary of the engagement of the incumbent Emperor Jonathan I to Princess Consort Hannah in 2016.

The Emperor and Princess Consort proposed to each other in the Maria Luisa Park while on holiday in Seville on 5 September 2016.

The holiday was established on 30 January 2017, after the Imperial Engagament Day Act 2017 proposed by Lord John Gordon was passed by Parliament, and so has therefore been celebrated four times so far, on 5 September 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. On all four occasions, the day was celebrated privately by the Emperor and Princess Consort, with a celebratory meal on all but the second.

No date for the wedding has yet been officially announced, but the couple have indicated that it will be a long engagement of several years due to the need to complete their university degrees and to prepare financially for the wedding and for a new house of their own. After their marriage, it is expected that Parliament will legislate to abolish Imperial Engagement Day and replace it with a public holiday celebrating their wedding anniversary, should it fall on a different date.