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Raise a glass to Her Majesty!

March 24, 2016

What better way to honor the Queen of England than drinking into the wee hours of the night? In honor of Elizabeth II’s birthday, pubs in England and Wales are allowed to extend hours on the 10th and 12th of June, staying open until 1 a.m.

The good news was announced earlier this week via the Prime Minister who joyfully said, "I can make an announcement today that, subject to the usual conditions, we will be extending pub opening hours on 10 and 11 June this year, to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. I am sure that that will be welcomed across the House."

Later hours have been allowed in the past to celebrate a variety of royal events including William and Kate’s wedding and the Diamond Jubilee. Staying open two hours later than normal, according to the British Beer and Pub Association, accounted for sales boost of over $28 million.

Though the Queen’s actual birthday is April 21, for whatever reason, her official birthday is considered to be in June. And along with later hours, there will be other events like a street party in the Mall in London, a thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral, and the traditional trooping of the colour ceremony also known as the Queen's birthday parade.

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