Extended opening hours for bars and pubs for royal wedding

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All bars and pubs have been given parliamentary approval to stay open till 1am on May 18 and 19 to help the nation celebrate the royal wedding.

The extended opening hours, which was lobbied for by trade bodies including the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), coincide with the Emirates FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United on May 19.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to marry on Saturday May 19 at midday in Windsor followed by a carriage procession from 1pm onwards. It will be broadcast live on the BBC, Sky News and ITV.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “I am delighted that Parliament has approved the order to extend pub opening hours which will save most pubs the cost of a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) and allows us all to celebrate.”

The BBPA has published a fact sheet to help pubs and bars prepare for the royal wedding weekend, outlining the changes to licensing regulations on the two evenings. It has been produced in conjunction with leading licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen.

Brigid added: “Our new fact sheet will help pubs across the country with their planning for the big weekend. A royal wedding is a great national celebration, and without doubt the best place to celebrate it is in a pub.”

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