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Pubs Will Stay Open Later To Celebrate Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Claire Reid

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Pubs Will Stay Open Later To Celebrate Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Pubs in England and Wales will be allowed to stay open later to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this summer.

From Thursday 2 June through to Saturday 4 June, pubs in England and Wales will be permitted to serve right through to 1am. 

In a written statement, Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said: "The Government has consulted on, and will be proceeding with the proposal to, make a Licensing Hours Order under Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 to relax licensing hours in England and Wales to mark the Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and to celebrate the longest reigning Monarch in the United Kingdom."

Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: Alamy
Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: Alamy

The Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated across a four-day bank holiday weekend. 

The double bank holiday will be held on Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June, meaning that those with weekends off work will be off for four days in total.

On 6 February this year, the Queen had officially reigned for a whopping 70 years, making her the first British sovereign to have done so.

To mark the special occasion, numerous events – including a multi-million pound pageant – will be put on. 

In a statement, the Royal Family said: "An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.

"The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen's 70 years of service."

Queen Elizabeth with a cup of tea, credit: Alamy
Queen Elizabeth with a cup of tea, credit: Alamy

Speaking in 2020, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden promised a 'celebration to remember', while the government has said there would be a schedule of events to recognise the milestone, and to 'reflect on the monarch's reign, and her impact on the UK and the world since 1952'.

He said: "Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee will be a truly historic moment – and one that deserves a celebration to remember.

"We can all look forward to a special, four-day Jubilee weekend, when we will put on a spectacular, once-in-a-generation show that mixes the best of British ceremonial splendour with cutting edge art and technology.

"It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together in a fitting tribute to Her Majesty's reign."

But if that doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, then you can just go to the pub until 1am instead.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Royal Family, The Queen, UK News

Claire Reid
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