Pubs will be allowed to stay open longer on 10 and 11 June as part of nationwide celebrations marking the Queen's 90th birthday, Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed today.
Downing Street said that subject to a consultation process with licensing authorities, the pub industry and community groups, pubs that are licensed to trade until 11pm will be allowed to open to 1am on 11 June and 12 June.
The government has extended licensing hours for national events in the past, including the Royal Wedding in 2011, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the 2014 World Cup.
According to the British Beer and Pub Association, extended hours on for the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee celebrations resulted in an extra £20m in revenues for the pub sector.
Queen Elizabeth II will turn 90 years old on 21 April, but many official celebrations will take place in May and June, including a pageant in Home Park in Windsor Castle from Thursday 12 May to Sunday 15 May, and a national service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Friday, 10 June.
On Saturday, 11 June, there will be the annual Trooping the Colour birthday parade for the Queen in central London, and on Sunday, 12 June, the Queen is set to attend the Patron's Lunch, including representatives from more than 600 organisations in the UK and across the Commonwealth.