PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle will get married this year at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, but will the British public get a day off when the couple wed in May?
The Suits actress will marry Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace confirmed the wedding will take place on May 19 2018.
The long-awaited engagement was announced by Clarence House in November last year, however we will get a day off when the couple marry?
Will we get a day off when Prince Harry gets married?
Unfortunately Brits will not enjoy a public holiday when Meghan and Harry tie the knot on May 19.
But hundreds of thousands will have a day off with the wedding scheduled to take place on a Saturday.
Downing Street said there were “no plans” to give the UK a Bank Holiday.
Theresa May’s official spokesman said: “There are no plans for a Bank Holiday.
“There isn’t a precedent in this area.”
There was a public holiday to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday April 29 2011 and Britain enjoyed a day off for the marriage of Prince Charles to Diana Spencer in 1981.
However, in contrast, there was no Bank Holiday for the weddings of Prince Andrew in 1986 and Prince Edward in 1999.
Although a public holiday was held for the wedding of Prince Anne in 1973.
Even though the country’s workers will not be granted a Bank Holiday for the nuptials in May, they can hope for extended licensing hours at pubs across Britain.
The Home Office will begin a month-long public consultation to decide if bars, pubs and other licensed premises should be allowed to extend opening hours on Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19.
The wedding coincides with the FA Cup final and the Home Office will decide whether licensed premises should remain open until 1am.
Licensing hours were previously extended for the wedding of William and Kate and for the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “The Royal Wedding will be a time of national celebration, and we want everyone to be able to make the mot of such an historic occasion.
“I hope that this relaxation of the licensing hours will allow people to extend their festivities and come together to mark what will be a very special moment for the country.”
The couple’s engagement was announced on November 29 last year, after a 16 month romance and the royal duo spent Christmas together at Sandringham with the rest of the Royal Family.
Harry and Meghan visited Brixton for their first official engagement of 2018, where they spent time at community radio station Reprezent FM which trains young people in media and employment skills.
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