Published On: Sun, Jan 7th, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding to keep pubs open LONGER in celebration

Prince Harry, 33, is to marry his fiancee Meghan Markle, 36, on May 19 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Having met just 18 months ago, the royal wedding could bring as much as £500 million to the British economy.

It could also mean that pubs and bars are allowed to stay open until 1am, for the weekend of the royal wedding in celebration.

Opening hours were extended for both Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011, as well as for the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.

The Home Office is discussing the plans for the royal wedding to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Part of the discussion is to allow the royal wedding weekend – Friday 18 and Saturday 19 – to allow longer hours of serving alcohol in celebration.

The British Beer and Pub Association have welcomed the suggestion as it could bring as much as a £10 million boost to trade thanks to the extended opening. 

Chief executive Brigid Simmonds stated: “Visitors see the Great British pub as a cultural icon, almost as much as the royal family.”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd commented: “The Royal wedding will be a time of national celebration, and we want everyone to be able to make the most of such an historic occasion.

“I hope that this relaxation of the licensing hours will allow people to extend their festivities and come together to mark what will be a very special moment for the country.”

Controversy has recently surrounded the royal wedding after Windsor councillor Simon Dudley called for homeless people in the area to be removed before the royal wedding.

He stated in a letter to police that it showed the town in an “unfavourable light.”

His suggestion has been met with anger by charities and Prime Minister Theresa May.

Windsor Homeless Project’s Murphy James said: “If somebody is sleeping out on the street they are not there by choice, they are there because something has gone wrong.”

May also hit out at the claims, stating that she didn’t agree with his comments.

She suggested that councils should “work hard to ensure they are providing accommodation for those people how are homeless.”

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