Pubs will be allowed to stay open until 1am over the weekend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed licensing hours across England and Wales would be relaxed to celebrate their nuptials on 19 May.
Pubs, bars and other licensed premises will be allowed to keep serving until 1am, instead of the usual 11pm, on the nights of Friday 18 May and the following night, after the wedding.
The decision was made following a four-week consultation.
Ms Rudd said: “The royal wedding is a chance for communities across the country to join together and celebrate this momentous and happy occasion for our royal family and for our nation.
“As shown by the support for the proposal to extend licensing hours, it’s clear that the public back the idea of having more time to raise a glass to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a day of national celebration.”
The royal couple will marry at midday at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, hours before the FA Cup Final kick-off.
In reference to the game, the Home Office said previous licensing hours extensions which have clashed with major football fixtures have not resulted in “increased disorder” reports.
The Home Secretary has special powers to order relaxing licensing hours for a “celebration period” to mark an occasion of exceptional international, national or local significance.
Since the power was introduced in 2003 it has been used a number of times, including for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 wedding, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in 2016.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, says the organisation is “delighted” with the decision.
“This will allow the nation to celebrate and raise a glass to Harry and Meghan in a responsible manner, whilst giving a timely boost to the great British beer and pub sector,” she said.
On Friday, Harry and Meghan revealed thousands of members of the public will be invited to Windsor Castle on their wedding day.