Jersey gets public holiday for Royal visit

King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Credit: Sky News

Islanders will get an extra day off for the King and Queen's trip to Jersey.

Several events have been planned for their Majesties' visit, including special States and Royal Court sittings and an exhibition of the best Jersey offers, which is open to everyone after the King has toured it.

States members have overwhelmingly voted to give islanders an extra public holiday on 15 July 2024.

However, there were worries about economic implications surrounding the bank holiday. Chief Minister Lyndon Farnham says he understands there are implications.

"It is absolutely right that we give islanders the opportunity to celebrate this Royal Visit with the same vigour and the same freedom as we have done in the past."

Deputy Montfort Tadier told the Assembly that Royal visits are not the same as standard public holidays.

"Some people will…be planning their trips to Jersey specifically to coincide with the Royal Visit and, you know, they may not be able to buy their coffee in a particular shop. But the day before and the day after they can, because they're probably not going to be staying for just one day.”

King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Credit: Sky News

Deputy Tadier also joked about old practices of sending people who did not support the Crown to a neighbouring island.

"If you don't want to go and welcome the King and Queen, if you check the Manche Iles Express there is a trip to Sark that day."

Deputy Louise Doublet suggested that companies could take the opportunity to trial the four-day work week as a result of the bank holiday.

"There is research that states that productivity actually increases immediately following a bank holiday.

"This brought to mind the trials that have been happening in many jurisdictions around the four-day work week, because when we have a bank holiday on a Monday that is essentially a four-day work week."

The full programme of events for the Royal Visit is expected to be announced soon. 

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