Pubs, bars and clubs can stay open until 1am as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations over the June bank holiday weekend.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to make a special order to relax licensing hours to give venues in England and Wales the option of staying open to 1am, rather than 11pm, from Thursday, 2 June to Saturday, 4 June.
Supermarkets and off-licences, however, will not be able to sell alcohol for extended hours.
Ms Patel said the move will provide a “boost” to the hospitality industry after its struggles with Covid as well as a chance to “raise a glass” to the Queen in the 70th year of her reign.
“For seventy years Her Majesty The Queen has served the UK and the Commonwealth with the utmost dignity, steadfastness and resolve,“ she said.
“The Platinum Jubilee is a truly historic national occasion, which will see families, friends and communities across the country come together to celebrate this unprecedented landmark in a remarkable reign.
“Over the extended Bank Holiday weekend, we will be able to raise a glass to toast Her Majesty’s incredible service to our country, while also providing a boost to the hospitality industry after a challenging couple of years.”
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Among the events planned to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne are a live concert featuring some of the world’s biggest stars, a service of thanksgiving and a day at the races.
On Sunday 5 June, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be staged in London and feature more than 5,000 people from across the UK and Commonwealth.
It will take place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and surrounding streets, combining street arts, theatre, music and circus.
Past national events that have seen the government push back closing time for pubs include the 2011 and 2018 royal weddings, the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, and the FIFA World Cup in 2014.