The House of Lords has confirmed that pubs will stay open longer for the Royal Wedding.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on 19 May. To mark the special day, pubs in England and Wales will stay open until 1 am, instead of closing at their usual 11 pm on both Friday and Saturday.
The Home Office Minister, Baroness Williams of Trafford, told the House of Lords that the hours would be extended to mark a “nationally significant event”.
She also said people would want to get together to celebrate the event, just as they had done with other significant national events. The licensing hours were also extended for The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations and the FIFA World Cup that was held in 2014.
Baroness Williams said she hoped Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had “many years of happiness together”. The act to extend the hours was reached without a vote.
Labour Lord Jones said he welcomed the move, as well as noting that the wedding is a “splendid reason for a celebration”.
Lord Kennedy of Southwark also said that the “wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle promises to be a wonderful occasion and opportunity for the whole country to celebrate and we all wish the happy couple a long and wonderful life together.”
100,000 people are expected to flock to the streets of Windsor Castle for the Royal Wedding on 19 May.
Hundreds of thousands of fans will flock to pubs, bars, and events across the country. Many Britains will make use of the extended opening hours. Even those who are not keen on the Royal Wedding will make use of the longer opening hours for revelry.
All-day events across the country will be live streaming the event from community halls, pubs, and garden parties.
The excitement isn’t just contained to the UK. Royal fans across the world are expected to run their own events to cover the royal excitement.
When Prince William married then Kate Middleton in 2011, it was thought that two billion people in the world saw reports, photos, and tv segments on the Royal Wedding.