Queen's Jubilee Bank Holiday loophole: How to book 3 days' holiday to get NINE off work

WORKERS can get NINE days off work in a row if they book just three days’ worth of holiday in a Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday loophole.

Buckingham Palace today confirmed Brits will be treated to a four-day weekend from June 2 to June 5 this year to mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne.

The Palace said the extra days off will "provide an opportunity for communities and people to come together and celebrate the historic milestone".

But Brits can take advantage of the extra two days off by simply booking holiday for the three days before the new Bank Holiday dates.

This means if they book off Monday, May 30, Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1 they will get NINE days off in a row.

This is because they will already have the weekend off before the days they book as holiday.

Your rights: Holiday pay

HERE are your rights when it comes to taking time off work:

Can my boss deny my holiday request?

As a general rule you need to give your boss a notice period of twice the amount of time you are taking for your holiday.

For example if you request five days of holiday you have to provide a minimum of ten days’ notice.

Your boss can force you to take holiday at certain times of year like Christmas and New Year or bank holidays when your workplace may be closed.

Companies can also set limits on how many days in a row you can take off to stop just taking a whole month off at once.

My boss won't let me take any of the dates off that I have suggested

See how much time off the people you work with have taken off as well as how far in advance they let their boss know they were going to take time off.

See if they got similar treatment or if you are being unfairly treated.
You have a statutory right to your holiday and if you feel that is being infringed upon you can go to court.

Before you make a claim you need to talk to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).
They will try one last time to reconcile the issue, and if that fails they will give you guidance on how to make an employment tribunal claim

How do I calculate my holiday entitlement? 

You can use this tool to calculate your holiday entitlement depending on your work status.

It means workers will be out of the office from Saturday, May 28 until Monday, June 6 – a total of nine days.

Of course, it will only work if you're not contracted to work on Bank Holidays – other wise you'll need to take all nine days as holiday.

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That's because employees don't have statutory rights to take off Bank Holidays of work.

Full-time workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days paid leave a year, and some employers choose to include Bank Holidays.

You can figure out how many days holiday you are entitled to by taking the amount of days a week you work and multiplying that number by 5.6.

Whether or not you're required to work them will be outlined in your contract of employment you will have signed when you started your job.


It was revealed today that Her Majesty, 95, will enjoy a four-day bonanza to mark her 70th year on the throne.

A huge national pudding competition will make up some of the celebrations, while thousands of jubilee lunches will be held to honour Britain's longest ever reigning monarch.

It is the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone and the Palace today revealed that it will be celebrated in style.

Buckingham Palace said: "The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.

"In addition, initiatives including The Queen’s Green Canopy and the Platinum Pudding competition will create a lasting reminder of The Queen’s Jubilee, while The Queen’s private estates will also join in with special Jubilee themed events offering more opportunities for members of the public to celebrate the historic milestone."

The May Bank Holiday Weekend – which usually falls at the end of the month – will be moved to Thursday June 2 for the celebrations.


The weekend will then be extended with an extra day off on Friday June 3.

On the Thursday, 1,400 soldiers will come together for the traditional Trooping the Colour parade to mark The Queen's official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June.

This will be followed by a special Platinum Jubilee Beacons event which will see beacons being lit across the UK and Commonwealth for the first time.



The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour): Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen's official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons: Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.


Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars. Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event.


The Big Jubilee Lunch: People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small – street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque. The Big Lunch provides tips and ideas for hosting an event.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: A pageant featuring over 5,000 people will take place outside Buckingham Palace and the surrounding streets. It will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume and celebrate the service of Her Majesty’s reign.

On Friday, a Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

The momentous occasion will end on Sunday with a Big Jubilee Lunch where neighbours are invited to "share friendship, food and fun".

A Platinum Jubilee Pageant then draws a close on the four-day weekend.

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign began on February 6, 1952, with her coronation taking place on June 2 the following year.

Savvy employees will always be on the lookout for when upcoming Bank Holiday's fall to unitise their time off work.

Before you do book a holiday though, make sure you ask your boss for permission for time off first, as they can actually reject your holiday request even if you've already paid for flights.

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