It’s official! Pub opening times will be extended for the Royal Wedding

While we may not be getting an extra Bank Holiday for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day, we will be able to look forward to another rare perk on the big day.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that pubs will be allowed to stay open until 1am for the few days around the Royal Wedding on 19th May, in order to give the public a bit more time to toast the happy couple.

Pubs are normally only allowed to stay open until 11am – although an exception is being made for this historic occasion.

Pubs in the UK and Wales will be abiding by the late closing time on Friday 18th May, the night before the wedding, and on the night of the wedding.

In the announcement, Amber 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.”

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And it’s not the first time the rule has been brought into force. The Home Office has the power to request relaxed closing hours for significant local, national or international events for a “celebration period”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding also saw punters able to enjoy longer opening hours at pubs around the country. And the general public were also able to enjoy a longer night out for the Queen’s 90th birthday and her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

Harry and Meghan will marry at midday on the 19th. And their wedding isn’t the only big nationwide event on that day, with the FA Cup final kicking off a few hours later.


The news comes just a few days after Kensington Palace announced that Meghan and Harry would be inviting over 2,000 members of the public to their wedding.

2,600 people will have the chance to watch the arrival of the bride and groom and their guests, and see the newlyweds head off on their procession around Windsor.

A press release read, ‘Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too.’

We can’t wait to celebrate the happy couple on their special day.

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