U.K. Extends Drinking Hours to Mark Queen's 90th Birthday

  • Pubs will be allowed to stay open until 1 a.m. for weekend
  • Similar move in 2011 and 2012 saw $28 million industry boost

A London pub features a likeness of Queen Elizabeth II in honour of her Diamond Jubilee in London on June 2, 2012. Britain is celebrating the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking 60 years on the throne during which she has set a number of landmarks.

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The U.K. will allow pubs and bars to stay open later than usual on June 10 and June 11 to mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Speaking at his weekly question-and-answer session in the House of Commons in London  on Wednesday, Cameron said opening hours would be extended for the weekend, which will see a range of events to celebrate the head of state’s “official” birthday.

Pubs that normally close at 11 p.m. will be permitted to stay open until 1 a.m. on the Friday and Saturday nights, Cameron’s office said in an e-mailed statement giving details of the plan.

Similar extensions to opening hours for the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011 and for the queen’s 60 years on the throne in 2012 saw a 20 million-pound ($28 million) increase in income for pubs, the premier’s office said, citing the British Beer and Pub Association.

Celebrations are also planned for April 21, the queen’s actual birthday.

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