This is how pub opening and closing times are changing on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day

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This is how pub opening and closing times are changing on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day

Pub opening hours will be extended on May 18 and 19 to mark the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Home Office has been looking to allow bars and other licensed premises to remain open until 1am for the wedding – which coincides with the FA Cup final.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton made their working debut together alongside other halves Prince Harry Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton made their working debut together alongside other halves Prince Harry Photo (C) GETTY

The prince and his fiancee are due to wed on May 18 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Licensing hours were previously extended for the wedding of Harry’s brother William to Kate Middleton in 2011 and for the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed the move.

Ms Rudd said: “The royal wedding is a chance for communities across the country to join together and celebrate this momentous and happy occasion for our royal family and for our nation.

“As shown by the support for the proposal to extend licensing hours, it’s clear that the public back the idea of having more time to raise a glass to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a day of national celebration.”

Wednesday was their first official engagement as a foursome Photo (C) GETTY
Wednesday was their first official engagement as a foursome Photo (C) GETTY

Noting that the wedding will take place on the same day as the FA Cup Final, the Home Office said there have been no reports of “increased disorder” as a result of previous extensions to licensing hours, which have also coincided with major football fixtures.

The Home Secretary can make an order relaxing licensing hours for licensed premises in relation to a “celebration period” to mark an occasion of exceptional international, national or local significance.

Meghan Markle and Kate's first official joint engagement Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan Markle and Kate’s first official joint engagement Photo (C) GETTY

Since the introduction of the Licensing Act 2003, the power has been used for a number of occasions including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in 2016.

The latest extension was welcomed by Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association.

She said: “We are delighted with the government’s decision to extend licensing hours in the on-trade for the royal wedding.

PURPLE REIGN Kate stole the show in a bright purple number PHOTO (C) GETTY
PURPLE REIGN Kate stole the show in a bright purple number PHOTO (C) GETTY

“This will allow the nation to celebrate and raise a glass to Harry and Meghan in a responsible manner, whilst giving a timely boost to the great British beer and pub sector.”

On Friday Harry and Meghan announced that thousands of people will be invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle to share their wedding day.

Source: birminghammail co uk

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