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We won’t get a day off work for Meghan and Harry’s wedding, but the pubs will be open later instead

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding has been scheduled for May 19, 2018. We’re really happy for them and everything, but the only thing we’re a bit disappointed about is that it’s on a Saturday – meaning we won’t get an extra day off work to celebrate the occasion. Not that we’re being selfish about this or anything.
We just can’t help thinking back to when Prince William married Kate Middleton in April 2011, and the whole country was treated to an extra bank holiday so we could have street parties and revel in jubilation at their love and the excitement of their future lives together. (And the fact we weren’t at work).

But it turns out the government isn’t being completely miserable this time round – it’s just been confirmed that we’ll be getting a little something extra to celebrate the nuptials of Meghan and Harry.

According to the Independent, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that after a four-week consultation, it’s been agreed that pubs across the UK will have their licensing hours extended during the weekend of the wedding – meaning they can stay open later and we can all drink for a bit longer. MORE: PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE ANNOUNCE THEIR ENGAGEMENT

The weekend of May 19 also happens to be the day of the FA Cup Final and Scottish Cup Final, so pubs will likely see a load of extra earnings thanks to the temoparily relaxed laws. Chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Assocation, Brigid Simmons, forecasts that the extended serving hours could yield as much as GBP10 million extra for pubs. “Visitors see the Great British pub as a cultural icon, almost as much as the Royal Family,” she said.

Speaking about the decision to extend licensing hours, Amber Rudd said it would be a chance for everyone to “join together and celebrate”. “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”, she said. Oh we do, Amber.


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