Commonwealth countries announce special bank holidays to celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth II

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Several Commonwealth states have announced special one-off holidays for people to pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

We have summarised the holidays below and automatically applied them to all customers that use our public holiday functionality.

United Kingdom of Great Britain
The UK Government has announced that Monday 19th September 2022 will be a bank holiday for the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the holiday will be observed throughout the UK. No decision has yet been made whether the Coronation will be a bank holiday.

For more information on managing staff leave during this unprecedented event, visit the UK Government website.


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed a National Day of Mourning to be observed throughout Australia on Thursday 22nd September 2022. A national memorial service will be held in Canberra to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II. Regular public holiday conditions will apply to the singular event in each state with some businesses remaining open.

New Zealand

A public holiday will be observed for New Zealand on Monday 26th September 2022. The holiday will be a once-off event and regular public holiday conditions will apply to the event.


Canadians are yet to receive confirmation if they will receive a Day in Wake to mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a commemoration ceremony will be underway in Ottowa but has not confirmed any special leave events.


Most other Commonwealth nations have not made any announcement of a public holiday to mark the event. If you or members of your team are in other Commonwealth regions, we recommend checking with the relevant government website to seek further updates.

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