A “king-sized” wage increase and bonus has been signed off by Charles to reward some low-paid members of staff who are working on his Coronation.
Palace employees on the smallest salaries, including cleaners and footmen, have been awarded a 6% pay rise ahead of the celebrations this Saturday (6 May).
The King has also agreed to thank-you bonus payments of £600. This will be paid directly from the Privy Purse – Charles’ private income – rather than by taxpayers, according to national press reports.
The latest round of pay rises are the second to be given by Charles since he took to the throne in September 2022.
The King also awarded £600 bonuses to hundreds of Palace employees on annual salaries of less than £30,000 to help with energy bills throughout the winter months, while those who earned between £30,000 and £40,000 were given £400 bonuses. Payments of £350 were awarded to royal staff on £40,000 to £45,000, and single employees living in Royal Household-provided accommodation received £200 extra in their pay packets.