Public houses in London will be allowed to stay open late to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth.
The reigning monarch’s milestone will be marked by national celebrations around the weekend of her official birthday in June. There will also be events to coincide with 21 April – the actual day she was born in 1926.
The Evening Standard reports that pubs which normally close at 11pm will get a two-hour extension on 10 and 11 June. This was confirmed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. The dates also coincide with the opening games involving both England and Wales in this year’s European football championships.
With the English game against Russia kicking off at 8pm, the late opening will give fans drinking in the capital the opportunity to celebrate a good result or drown their sorrows in the event of a defeat into the small hours.
In the past, an extension was granted for the Royal Wedding five years ago, as well as for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This was estimated by the British Beer and Pub Association to have created an extra £20 million for the industry. Extended pub hours were also granted to coincide with the football World Cup two years ago when England failed to get out of their group.