Boris Johnson’s office apologizes for party ahead of royal funeral

Boris Johnson’s office on Friday apologized to the Royal Family for hosting a staff party at 10 Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral last year, the latest in a string of gatherings alleged to breach the lockdown that threaten to bring down the UK Prime Minister.

A farewell party was held for Johnson’s outgoing doctor, drinking alcohol and dancing on April 16, 2021, the night before Queen Elizabeth II was alone at her husband’s funeral due to social distancing rules in place to slow the spread of the Corona virus.

Johnson’s spokesman, Jimmy Davis, said the government acknowledged the party had caused “significant public outrage”.

“It is extremely regrettable that this has happened at a time of national mourning, and 10 Downing Street has apologized to the Palace.”

James Slack, Johnson’s former communications director, said the party “shouldn’t have happened when it happened”.

“I am deeply sorry and take full responsibility,” added Slack, who left government last year and is now deputy editor of The Sun.

There are no allegations that Johnson attended the farewell party, which was revealed by The Daily Telegraph.

Earlier this week Johnson apologized for attending a rally in the garden of his office and home at 10 Downing Street in May 2020 when the UK was under a strict lockdown.

Scandals follow Johnson

It seems that scandals have started to follow British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. While the “incident” of attending a party in a park during the country’s imposition of a lockdown to deal with the Corona virus in 2020 has not died down, “The Telegraph” newspaper has reported that staff working in his office at 10 Downing Street threw a party amid lockdown measures and on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.

The Conservative newspaper said Johnson’s advisers and staff held the farewell party to mark the departure of two members of Johnson’s team, media manager James Slack and one of the Prime Minister’s personal photographers. .

The Queen at her husband's funeral

The Queen at her husband’s funeral

The release of the information comes at a time when Johnson is struggling to stay in office after calls for him to step down intensified even within his ruling party, after acknowledging he would be attending a party at Downing Street Gardens in 2020 amid general closure measures.

According to ‘The Telegraph’ newspaper, the farewell party was held in Downing Street on the eve of the funeral of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, at a time when the whole country was in a period of national mourning. .

The image of the Queen at her husband’s funeral, sitting alone in the front row of the church due to Covid-19 restrictions, has become a symbol of the severity of the UK’s blanket lockdown measures to coping with the pandemic.

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