‘It is deeply regrettable that this has taken place at a time of national mourning and that Number 10 (Downing Street) has made an apology to the Palace,’ Mr Johnson’s spokesman told reporters. The message to the 95-year-old monarch was said to have been sent through official channels over the phone and not sent personally by Mr Johnson, who is under increasing pressure to step down after a host of similar allegations. He has so far tried to weather the storm of public and political outrage, apologizing in parliament this week for one of the rallies in May 2020, but insisting it was an event of work. Although Mr Johnson did not attend either Downing Street party almost a year later – on April 16, 2021, as the Queen prepared to bury her 73-year-old husband – it brings the scandal to a another level.Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle was limited to just 30 guests due to government Covid rules, forcing the Queen to sit alone in a pew to grieve.A similar number of members of the Mr Johnson’s staff held s hours earlier, with music, dancing and alcohol said to have been bought from a supermarket and smuggled into Downing Street in a suitcase. At the time of Prince Philip’s funeral, England was grappling with tough restrictions as part of Mr Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown Mixing indoors was banned unless in a home or a bubble of support and that groups of six people could meet outside. She reportedly did not find enough evidence of criminality to refer the case to the police. say whether Mr Johnson was aware of the parties, insisting that an internal investigation must establish all the facts surrounding the various allegations of ‘participation’. One party was held for his former director of communications, James Slack, while the other bid farewell to one of Mr Johnson’s personal photographers. Downing Street confirmed a speech was given at the former but did not comment on the photographer’s going away party. “On this individual’s last day, he gave a farewell speech thanking each team for the work they had done to support him, both those who had to be in the office for work and on a screen for those who were working from home,” said a government spokesman. Mr Slack, who is now deputy editor of The Sun, said: “I wish to apologize unreservedly for the anger and hurt caused. This event should not have happened at the time it did I am deeply sorry and take full responsibility for the missteps over the past few months which has led some of its lawmakers to warn that it needs to improve or face a challenge. Rosanna Philpott reports. ‘MORAL VACUUM’ Britain’s three main opposition parties have demanded Mr Johnson’s resignation. Five of his own Tory MPs have publicly called on him to quit. Andrew Bridgen , a previously staunch supporter, is to came local time on Friday, the latest Tory MP to confirm he had submitted a letter of no confidence in Mr Johnson to a powerful committee of rank-and-file Tory MPs. If 15%, or 54, of the 360 Tory MPs in Parliament do the same, it will trigger an internal leadership race – if Mr Johnson chooses not to step down. The Daily Telegraph, for whom he used to work and which first revealed the party’s latest revelations, reported that up to 30 MPs had already sent letters. at the heart of our government’. Most cabinet members have rallied around the Prime Minister, but support from potential successors such as Finance Minister Rishi Sunak has been markedly lukewarm. m event marking the departure of one of Mr Johnson’s personal photographers Government guidelines at the time prohibited socializing except with your home or support bubble This saw thousands of families unable to visit to loved ones who are sick or dying with Covid, or even to attend their funerals.Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the main opposition Labor party, and others seized on the revelations, arguing they showed a culture of double standards at the heart of government.”The Queen sat alone in mourning as many did at the time with personal trauma and sacrifice to play by the rules in the national interest,” said said Ms. Rayner. “I have no words for the culture and behaviors at Number 10 and the blame stops with the Prime Minister. Fran Hall, from the group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, said: ‘May the people who run the countries do it and then lie about it, shows complete disregard for the general public. Voters in Mr Johnson’s constituency of north-west London were largely unsympathetic. “I think he should quit,” said John Taylor, 80, who voted for Mr Johnson in 2019, told reporters. ‘He let people down, especially people who somehow suffered from this Covid. Veronica Machu, another traditional Tory voter, agreed that “people are angry” locally, but predicted Mr Johnson would “keep apologizing” and try to hang in there.A YouGov poll in the newspaper The Times gave Labor a 10 point lead over the Tories, its p read wide margin since 2013, and said six in 10 voters thought Mr Johnson should quit.