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Pubs And Bars Will Stay Open Late For The Royal Wedding

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We may not be getting a bank holiday to mark Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding but it seems celebrations will be in fully swing regardless.

The Home Office have confirmed that pubs, clubs and bars will be allowed to stay open later on the weekend of the royal wedding. The government has agreed on a licensing hours order to relax closing times on both Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May from 11pm until 1am.

The Home Secretary previously relaxed licensing laws for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011 and Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebrations in 2016. The law has also been temporarily changed for football events such as the FIFA World Cup in 2014.

The day of Prince Harry and Meghan’s nuptials also falls on the day of the FA Cup final meaning double celebrations for some fans.

‘The royal wedding is a chance for communities across the country to join together and celebrate this momentous and happy occasion for our royal family and for our nation. 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,’ Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in a statement.

Harry and Meghan will marry on Saturday 19th May at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. The couple confirmed last week that 1200 members of the public will be invited to Windsor to watch the arrivals of the bride and groom. For the rest of us, their wedding will be televised so we can watch at home.

Look back at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement photos in the gallery below...