According to news reports on January 9th, neither those who work for the Queen in her various houses, nor those who run public houses, are likely to get any time off to watch the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Both, for different reasons, are expected to work.
Queen Elizabeth’s official residences will remain open during Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s wedding
The Queen has stated that her official residences, Windsor Castle, Balmoral and Holyroodhouse, will open to the public on Prince William’s and Catherine Middleton’s big day. The extra influx of visitors is expected to generate plenty of additional income. Staff are reportedly not too happy about the decision, since they do want to see the wedding.
Those working at Buckingham Palace or Clarence House had never expected time off; however, the other staff had been keeping their fingers crossed. A source has said that this decision, “hasn’t gone down too well with some of the staff who were hoping for a day off to watch the wedding.”
Queen Elizabeth hoping to offset costs of stately homes with additional royal wedding tourists
They will get a day off in recompense, but that’s small consolation. It hasn’t yet been decided whether a live feed will be sent to the stately homes; if they are, then perhaps staff and visitors alike will catch a glimpse of the proceedings.
Presumably, staying open will offset some of the £3 million it costs annually to maintain, for example, Balmoral.
Those wishing to work for the royal family might wish to apply for the position of chef at Buckingham Palace: there are three jobs on offer and none, despite being advertised for weeks, have been filled.
British pubs will stay open until early morning to celebrate the royal wedding
Another set of people who will not be packing up early for the royal wedding is Britain’s publicans. It was also announced today that British pubs will get a special dispensation to delay last orders until 1 a.m. The special ruling is for April 29 and 30.
The unheard-of change is an attempt to boost tourism and help bring as much money in as possible from the royal wedding. Patrons might not be able to buy a tea towel — they’ve been vetoed by the Queen — but there are plenty of other royal souvenirs on offer.
Prince William’s stag night may be held at Clarence House
The move will be made official by Members of Parliament in the week ahead, allowing publicans plenty of time to plan special events.
While Prince William was spotted in a pub yesterday, it’s unlikely that he’ll be found in one those two nights or even much before. This weekend it was also reported that his favorite night club, Mahiki, has sent over cases of its special rum for his stag night which, to avoid all chance of embarrassing photographs, will be held at Clarence House.
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