Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, theroyal family has a busy weekof following traditions ahead of her funeral on Monday 19 September.

Her Majesty passed away at the age 96 on Thursday 8 September at Balmoral Castle and The Royal Family released a statement on 10 Septemberconfirming her funeral arrangements.

King Charles IIIalso confirmed that the day of the funeral will be anational bank holiday.

However the government is advising that it’s not as simple as one might think. New guidance from authorities confirms that employers needs to make their own decision on whether or not they will give staff the day off.

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A post onwww.gov.ukreads: “This is a matter for discussion between individuals and their employer.

"There is no statutory entitlement to time off for bank holidays, but employers may include bank holidays as part of a worker’s leave entitlement.

“The government cannot interfere in existing contractual arrangements between employers and workers.

"However, we would expect that many workers will be able to take the day off on the bank holiday.


"We also expect employers to respond sensitively to requests from workers who wish to take the day of the funeral off work.”

The guidance also says staff should speak with their bosses over if they will get a day’s holiday in lieu if they do work the funeral date.

That’s the same policy for overtime rates, the government says, and reclaiming annual leave days if it is granted as a free day off by your employer.

Already it has been confirmed that schools will close for the funeral, so many working parents will be hoping they can get time off to look after their little ones, and also remember Her Majesty.


The Queen's coffin is set to arrive in London later this week with senior royals taking part in the Vigil of the Princes ceremony.

After the funeral service on Monday, the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then travel to Windsor.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Prince Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.

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