Pubs will be permitted to remain open until 1am for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June, without having to apply for a late licence. The Government has approved an order to extend opening hours on 1 and 2 June after a seven-week consultation, which means landlords will not have to bother with paperwork if they wish to trade beyond their usual 11pm closing time. Lord Howe, the health minister, who placed the order in the House of Lords, wrote: “The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is a time for national celebration. This small relaxation in licensing hours will allow celebrations to continue to a reasonable hour and give a more relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy their drink as they mark the occasion.” Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), said: “Pubs bring people together in a unique way on these great national occasions, so extra hours will help keeps pubs at the centre of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, just as they were for the Royal Wedding last year.” The Government is also believed to have asked for feedback on a proposal to change pub opening times on the days of the opening and closing ceremonies for the London Olympics, but eventually rejected the idea.