PUBS will be allowed to stay open until 1am to celebrate this year's Royal Wedding, the Home Office has confirmed.

Home secretary Amber Rudd said residents should be allowed to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day by enjoying a late-night tipple.

She confirmed licensing hours will be relaxed across England on May 19 and 20 so pubs can serve booze until 1am, rather than the usual 11pm.

"The royal wedding is a chance for communities across the country to join together and celebrate this momentous and happy occasion for our royal family and for our nation," she said.

"As shown by the support for the proposal to extend licensing hours, it's clear that the public back the idea of having more time to raise a glass to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a day of national celebration."