BRITS may be able to celebrate the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle by spending more time in the pub, says The Guardian.

It seems the government is considering allowing bars and other licensed premises to delay calling time until 1am on May 18 and 19.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who has launched a four-week consultation on extending the licensing hours in England and Wales, commented: “The royal wedding will be a time of national celebration, and we want everyone to be able to make the most of such a historic occasion.

“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.”

Gathering dust at the back of a church in Wales after four centuries was a leather bound 400 year old Welsh Bible, reports the Daily Mail.

The 1620 Llanwnda Bible will now go on public show at the National Library of Wales.

It was already nearly 200 years old when enemy invaders landed in Llanwnda, Pembrokeshire, west Wales before raiding buildings and burning all in their path.  French and Irish troops smashed up pews in St Gwyndaf's Church in Llanwnda and used pages from the bible to start a fire.

Vicar of the church Rev Sarah Geach said: “The story goes that the book was rediscovered at the back of the church in the 1990s, but nobody realised what it was.”  Eventually it was handed over to conservators at the University of Wales' Trinity St David's in Lampeter, West Wales, two years ago, and will now be moved to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

 Up for auction at Sotheby's in London at an estimated price of up to £100,000 will be a tattered panel of red, white and blue woollen fabric, an unusually large surviving piece of the union flag flown at Trafalgar from Lord Nelson’s ship Victory.

An article in The Guardian says that on Nelson’s orders, his fleet flew the union flag as well as the white ensign at the battle against the French on 21 October 1805, which became his greatest victory but which cost him his life.

The flags from HMS Victory came back to the UK with his body and were displayed as he lay in state in the Painted Hall at Greenwich, before being carried in his funeral procession to St Paul’s Cathedral.

 The Independent reports on the happy news that Red, a Welsh Border Collie dog which went missing in heavy snow on Preseli mountains, Pembrokeshire in Wales has been discovered alive and well.

Caitlin Thompson had been walking Red with her father Richard on Foel Cwmcerwyn, the highest point of the Preselis, when she suddenly vanished.

But after a search and rescue operation lasting 10 days she was found by a pair of holidaymakers.

Caitlin said: “I think she got disoriented as her hearing is poor due to her age. We looked all day to no avail, so that night I put a post on Facebook and hundreds of people shared it and offered to help search.

“The next day we did a massive search across the mountain with friends and people who had kindly offered to help. We continued this daily and put up posters. 

“Then, I got a call from a woman who had found her and couldn't believe that she had survived for so long – we were all elated.”

 According to the Daily Mail, Fluffy, a 5ft 6in tall Caucasian Shepherd Dog, could be Britain's biggest rescue dog.

Ten month old Fluffy, who is currently being cared for at the Dogs Trust in Ilfracombe, Devon, after she was picked up as a stray, already weights 44kg and is likely to reach between 60kg and 80kg as an adult.

The puppy is currently being cared for at the Dogs Trust in Ilfracombe, Devon, after she was picked up as a stray.

Elise Watson, rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, said: “When Fluffy first arrived, we couldn't believe how big she was for her age.

“As a ten-month-old pup she is going to continue growing, so we would love to hear from potential owners who have a lot of space in their heart and home for this loveable larger lady.”

There was sad animal news in the Daily Mail, who tells us that Nico, one of the world's oldest silverback gorillas, has died at Longleat Safari Park.

He celebrated his 56th birthday last July and had spent most of his life at the Wiltshire park after arriving from Switzerland in the 1980s.

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