There are two things many Brits love: The Royal Family, and consuming their own body weight in booze. So it should come as no surprise the Home Office is giving serious consideration to allowing UK pubs to stay open late the weekend of the latest Royal Wedding.
In case you've been chained to a radiator in a Peruvian basement for the past couple of months, you'll know Prince Harry is marrying Meghan Markle. The pair are to be wed at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19th, which just so happens to be the same day as the FA Cup Final – please make it four cups in five seasons, Arsenal – and the Scottish Cup Final.
Suffice to say, said weekend was already going to be pretty darn tipsy, but now Home Secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed the Home Office has entered into a four-week consultation plan to decide whether British boozers should stay open until 1am for the Royal Wedding.
Rudd is quoted by the BBC as saying: "We want everyone to be able to make the most of such an historic occasion," which I'm choosing to translate as: "We're giving you Millenial snowflakes permission to shove as many shaved avocado G&Ts down your throats as you can handle to celebrate Harry and Meghan's love."
Here's an expanded quote from the Home Secretary:
"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."
If pubs do stay open late, it would hardly be an unprecedented event. After all, opening hours were extended for both Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011, and the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016.
In the meantime, let's all raise a sly snifter of port to Harry and Meghan's good health.