Coronation Saturday 6th May 2023

Buckingham Palace is pleased to announce that the Coronation of His Majesty The King will take place on Saturday 6th May, 2023.

The Coronation Ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, London, and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort.

The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.

Further details will be announced in due course.

Will there be a Bank Holiday?

There has been no announcement yet on whether there will be an extra bank holiday added in May 2023 or whether the bank holiday scheduled for Monday 1st May 2023 will be moved.

A number of MPs are stated as having called for the 1st May 2023 bank holiday to be pushed back to Monday 8th May 2023 giving the country a long weekend. Meanwhile, other MPs have called for an additional bank holiday, arguing that adding an extra day off for the coronation would not impact economic growth. Further updates are expected in the coming days.

Could that impact holiday entitlements?

The Working Time Regulations 13 (4 weeks) and 13a (1.6 weeks) set out the statutory minimum holiday pay entitlements as 5.6 weeks which is 28 days based on a 5 working day week. This is per,toted to include public and bank holidays limiting the statutory holiday entitlement to 28 days inclusive.

Otherwise there is no statutory right to paid bank holidays when not worked. So entitlement to pay is dependent on contractual terms or whether included or not in the statutory minimum holiday entitlement.

During 2022 with the Jubilee and state funeral, there were 10 official bank holidays.

So if an additional bank holiday is added for the Kings coronation, the impact on employees is variable:

  • Those who only receive the regulation 28 days inclusive would have 9 bank holidays and 19 other days holiday.
  • For those who do not have paid bank holidays, they will have 28 statutory days holiday which they could book bank holiday leave.
  • Other who have 28 days plus bank holidays will benefit potentially a 1 day increase from their usual 36 days to 37 under terms of their contract.

Of course, employer may choose to extend any statutory or contractual entitlements.

PAYadvice.UK 13/10/2022

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