Downing Street apologizes to queen over lockdown-busting parties – POLITICO

LONDON – Boris Johnson’s Downing Street has apologized to Queen Elizabeth II after reports his crew hosted two parties the night before Prince Philip’s socially estranged funeral.

Witnesses told The Telegraph that Staff 10 celebrated a separate farewell party on April 16 last year: one in Downing Street’s basement, which included dancing to music played by a special counsel, and the other in the garden to celebrate the departure of communications. Director James Slack.

On April 17, 2021, the Queen attended her husband’s funeral alone while mourners were asked not to leave flowers to avoid contracting COVID-19 infection.

“It is very unfortunate that this happened during a period of national mourning, and Number 10 has apologized to the palace,” the prime minister’s spokesman told reporters.

He added that Johnson had not been invited to the parties and was unaware that they were happening before he left for his Checkers residence.

Slack, who is now the Sun’s deputy editor-in-chief, also apologized, saying he took “full responsibility” and was “deeply sorry.”

“This event should not have happened at the time it did,” he added in an emailed statement from Sun’s publisher, News UK.

A Downing Street spokesman said no resignations were made overnight and that it was “right to await the full results” of an investigation by Sue Gray, a senior civil servant.

Gray is investigating at least a dozen lockdown breaches that the British Prime Minister and his staff have been accused of attending.

According to the Telegraph’s account, a staff member took a bag full of wine to an April party. Later, the two groups met in the garden, where the party of about 30 people took place after midnight.

The Telegraph reported that an attendee broke the swing of Boris Johnson’s one-year-old son Wilfred.

“The Queen sat alone in mourning as so many did at the time with personal shock and sacrifices to keep the rules in the national interest. Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said: Twitter.

Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey renewed calls for Johnson to resign. “The Queen sitting alone, mourning the loss of her husband, was the defining photo of the shutdown. Not because she is the Queen, but because she was just another person, grieving alone like so many others. While grieving, grief number 10. It was written on Johnson” on Twitter.

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