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Pubs to stay open late to mark Queen's birthday, PM announces

Published 23/03/2016

Pubs to stay open late for Queen's birthday
Pubs to stay open late for Queen's birthday

Pub opening hours will be extended on June 10 and 11 to mark the Queen's 90th birthday, David Cameron has announced.

The milestone will be marked with a weekend of national celebrations to coincide with her official birthday along with other events to mark the day she was born, April 21, 1926.

During Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron told MPs: "We will be extending pub opening hours on the 10th and 11th of June to mark Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday."

A service of thanksgiving, attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, will be held at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday June 10.

The following day the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony, also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade, will be staged in Horse Guards Parade and on the Sunday the Patron's Lunch will be held in The Mall.

Two graces, sometimes referred to as informal prayers, have also been published for use as thanksgivings at the start of other celebrations such as street parties.

The extended pub hours on June 11 will coincide with the opening matches for England and Wales in football's Euro 2016 tournament.

England's clash with Russia kicks off at 8pm UK time and the Wales game against Slovakia at 5pm UK time, so fans look set to have extra time to celebrate victory or drown their sorrows once the final whistle has blown.

Pubs normally licensed to trade until 11pm will be able to stay open an extra two hours each night, Downing Street said.

The Government will consult on the proposals with licensing authorities, industry and community groups about the move over the next week, it added.

Opening hours were extended for the Royal Wedding in 2011 and Queen's Diamond Jubilee, generating a £20 million for the industry according to the British Beer and Pub Association, as well as during the 2014 World Cup.

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