Pubs across England and Wales will be able to extend their opening hours in June, so that the country can celebrate and toast The Queen’s 90th birthday.
In plans announced in the House of Commons last week, David Cameron was pleased to inform the people of the arrangement, which will take effect for the weekend of Her Majesty’s official birthday.
“I can make an announcement that, subject to the usual conditions, we will be extending pub opening hours on 10th and 11th June this year, to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. I am sure that that will be welcomed across the House.”
The new rules will apply for one weekend only: the day before and of Trooping the Colour.
This is not a new move, using pubs and bars to celebrate Royal events: the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee celebrations were also marked in this way. The British Beer and Pub Association said longer Friday and Saturday opening hours for the two celebrations brought a £20million boost to the sector.
Coincidentally, the England v Russia and Wales v Slovakia games for the European Championship also take place on the Saturday, meaning football fans will be getting something of a treat too.
Sunday 12th June will see the street party on the Mall take place, with The Queen and numerous other Royals attending the lunch, alongside carnival style celebrations.
A logo has been released by the Church of England to adorn information regarding the birthday celebrations, and a prayer was also authorised by The Queen to mark the occasion. A children’s book will be sold in the Royal palaces, and a chinaware set is also to be released.