Brit pubs get extra hours to toast royal wedding

This is one of two official portrait photographs taken on Nov. 25, 2010 in the Council Chamber in the State Apartment in St James's Palace, London and released by Clarence House Press Office on Sunday Dec. 12, 2010 to mark the engagement of Britain's Prince William, left, and Catherine Middleton, right. (AP Photo/Clarence House Press Office/Copyright 2010 Mario Testino)

April 12, 2011 7:13:30 AM PDT
Britain's government says the country's pubs will likely be allowed to stay open late to toast Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding.

Home Office minister James Brokenshire said in a statement Wednesday that all licensed premises could be allowed to serve customers until 1 a.m.

The government plans to consult with the entertainment industry on the plan. Brokenshire said the wedding was "an occasion for national celebration."

Currently, only bars and pubs with special licenses are allowed to stay open past the traditional final drinks call at 11 p.m.

Brokenshire said the relaxation will apply April 29, the date of the royal wedding - which has already been made a public holiday, meaning Britons have the day off - and the following day.