The government has confirmed that workers will be given an extra bank holiday in 2012 to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The bank holiday will fall on 5 June and the late May bank holiday will be moved to 4 June - the Queen's birthday - to create a four-day weekend.
Announcing the extra bank holiday, Peter Mandelson, lord president of the Privy Council, said: "The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II will be a truly historic occasion.
"I know the entire country will want to pay their tributes to Her Majesty and to look back with pride and great affection at the many things she has achieved during her reign.
"This special Diamond Jubilee weekend will be an opportunity to reflect on the incredible changes that have taken place during that time, both at home and around the world."
England and Wales currently have eight permanent bank holidays a year.
More information on the legal implications of the new bank holiday can be found on XpertHR's website.