The government has announced that it plans to relax licensing hours for pubs that close at 11pm on Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19 for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle


Pubs with 11pm closing times will now be able to stay open until 1am without having to formally apply for an extension of hours, according to The Sun.

The move follows previous national celebrations that saw a relaxation in the rules, including Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton, and the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016.

It is believed that the measure could provide an additional £10m boost to the industry – and follows a consultation on the licensing extension issue last month.

Speaking then, British Beer & Pub Association chief Brigid Simmonds said it was "great news for pubs and pub-goers and shows the government has listened to our calls to put pubs at the heart of the Royal Wedding celebrations".

Also speaking when the consultation was announced, Kate Nicholls of the-then Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (now part of UKHospitality), said: "Extended trading for the wedding will provide a welcome boost to the UK's pubs, restaurants, hotels and bars, so a proposal to extend trading hours is a sensible step by the government and should provide customers and businesses with a chance to celebrate."