Brits to get EXTRA perk on four-day weekend thanks to the Queen

Queen four-day weekend Platinum Jubilee - LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 6: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives before the Opening of the Flanders' Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks on November 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
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Brits are set to get an extra perk in addition to the four-day bank holiday weekend to help them celebrate Queen's Platinum Jubilee (opens in new tab).

Pubs, nightclubs and bars are due to be open longer - pushing closing time back two hours from 11pm to 1am - to enable more people to raise a toast to Her Majesty the Queen (opens in new tab).

From Thursday 2nd June until Saturday 4th June, watering holes will be able to serve alcoholic drinks for longer as millions of Brits plan to mark the Queen's 70th year on the throne.

Queen four-day weekend - Decorated pubs as part of of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Celebration.

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MPs are expected to approve the plans in Parliament today with just over a month until the special four-day bank holiday (opens in new tab).

Home Secretary Priti Patel said, "The Platinum Jubilee is a truly historic national occasion, which will see families, friends and communities across the country come together to celebrate this unprecedented landmark in a remarkable reign.

"Over the extended bank holiday weekend, we will be able to raise a glass to toast Her Majesty’s incredible service to our country, while also providing a boost to the hospitality industry after a challenging couple of years."

While some have welcomed the extended hours "Yes, Yes, Yes! May she live till 150. After that I might not be around."

Others aren't convinced it will help many who are struggling with the rising cost of living (opens in new tab). One Brit tweeted, "Not much point if u can't afford a pint" and another added, "Unfortunately most people haven't got enough money to go to them" and a third joked, "Will the queen be paying for our drinks?"

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It's not yet clear which events the Queen will attend over the bumper bank holiday but reports claim she could attend the Trooping the Colour (opens in new tab) by Ranger Rover instead of horse drawn carriage, for comfort and speed after she revealed her 'exhaustion' struggles (opens in new tab).

The Queen, who turned 96 last week, is throwing a concert at Buckingham Palace (opens in new tab) as part of the four-day celebrations and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are said to have been offered a special Platinum Jubilee honour (opens in new tab).

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend runs from Thursday 2nd May to Sunday 5th May.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.