King’s coronation to see morning celebrations thanks to pub boosts

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The Government is proposing extending licensing hours from 11pm to 1am across the Bank Holiday weekend from May 5 to 7.

The king will be crowned on the Saturday at Westminster Abbey in a service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

By giving the green-light to late-night drinking the Government hopes to support the hospitality industry and provide an opportunity for “our communities to come together and celebrate this historic moment”.

A consultation on the proposals will be launched tomorrow.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has powers to relax licensing hours on occasions of “exceptional national significance”.

Ms Braverman said: “His Majesty The King’s Coronation will be a historic moment that will see our great nation and the entire Commonwealth joined together in celebration. Our country, and in particular our hospitality industry, has faced many challenges in recent years and The King’s Coronation is an opportunity to give a boost to our local businesses, and celebrate with our local communities.

“Over the Bank Holiday weekend we can raise a glass to our new Monarch, and with our friends and families wish him a long and successful reign.”

The proposal follows the announcement of an additional Bank Holiday on Monday, May 8. Public events and local community celebrations are planned across the country.

Buckingham Palace says the coronation will “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry”.

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