Cheers to the royal couple! England may not be getting a bank holiday to mark Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding but it seems celebrations will be in full swing regardless. The Home Office, a UK Ministerial Department, has confirmed that clubs and bars will be allowed to stay open later on the weekend of the royal wedding. The government has agreed to a licensing hours order to relax closing times on both Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. Even more incentive to book a trip to England for the royal wedding!
The Home Secretary previously relaxed licensing laws for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011 and Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday celebrations in 2016. The law has also been temporarily changed for soccer events such as the FIFA World Cup in 2014. The day of Harry and Meghan’s nuptials also falls on the day of the FA Cup final meaning double celebrations for some fans.
"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," Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in a statement.
Harry and Meghan will marry on Saturday, May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. The couple confirmed just last week that 1,200 members of the public will be invited to Windsor to watch the arrivals of the bride and groom. For the rest of us, their wedding will be thankfully televised so we can watch at home.
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This post was written by Elizabeth Bennett. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.