The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: How to get a 16-day holiday next year, using only eight days of leave

We’re getting an extra bank holiday next year (Picture: Steve Parsons/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

The Queen has announced plans for there to be an extra bank holiday for her Platinum Jubilee.

To mark 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned – making her the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee – there’s going to be an extra bank holiday in June.

The late May bank holiday will also be shifted slightly to make it so that we’ll have two extra days off on Thursday June 2 and Friday June 3.

Some of the more opportunistic among you might already be planning how to book time off work to make the most of the new bank holiday, so we did the thinking for you…

How to make the most of the Platinum Jubilee

If you book Monday May 30 – Wednesday June 1 off, the two bank holiday days will account for the rest of the week.

If you also book off the whole following week – June 6 to June 10 – that, with the help of the weekends you’ll already have off if you work a traditional shift pattern, will combine to give you a run of 16 days off.

Alternatively, you could book the week before instead, from May 23-27, instead of the following week – as long as you still book Monday May 30 – Wednesday June 1 off, the effect will be the same.

All told, this way you’ll only have to use up eight days of holiday to get double the time away from work.

If you really wanted to, you could add another work week’s worth of time off and get 23 days off for the price of 13 days holiday.

Just don’t forget that the late May bank holiday is going to be moved to Thursday 2 June to help account for the four-day Jubilee weekend, so make sure you leave that out of your plans.

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