Photo of Queen Elizabeth II sitting alone at her husband’s funeral last year because the rules of the pandemic broke hearts all over the world. What we don’t know until now is that, at the time it was implemented, the creators of those laws were infatuated with a party that raged in the early hours of that morning.
The humiliation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose government was accused of breaking the lock rule constantly getting drunk together, appearing on friday completely when His spokesman confirmed The Prime Minister’s Office has apologized to the queen for a lockdown party that took place hours before she sat alone at Prince Philip’s funeral in April.
Worse still, at the time, Britain was in a period of national mourning. Flags were on government buildings, including Downing Street, where the party was in full swing. Philip’s coffin is placed in a private chapel at Windsor Castle.
One exploding report from Daily telegram on Thursday night first exposure to the gathering. It said a farewell party was held for Johnson’s then communications director at 10 Downing Street – the Prime Minister’s official residence and office – on 16 April. Unlike meetings. Earlier, it was reported that Johnson did not attend the party.
It sounded like a wild night. According to reports, it lasted until midnight, and the employees were said to have gotten drunk and danced to the music coming from their laptops. At one point, an employee is said to have walked out to a nearby store with a suitcase they had filled with bottles of wine before returning to continue the party.
As the crowd spilled out into the Downing Street garden, an unnamed Downing Street figure is said to have plunged into the swing of Johnson’s toddler son Wilfred, and broken it.
All of this comes at a time of tight locking rules. UK government guidance at the time read: “You must not socialize in your home except with your household or support bubble. You can meet outdoors, including in the garden, in groups of six or two households.”
At dawn, the queen attended the funeral of her 73-year-old husband, and as was customary at the time, she sat alone. The image of her peeking out from under a black mask while surrounded by empty chairs became the highlight of the day.
Speaking Friday, after Telegraph A spokesman for the Prime Minister said it was “deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning” and confirmed that Downing Street had contacted Buckingham Palace to apologize for what had happened.
After the apology, the leader of the opposition Labor Party, Sir Keir Starmer, reiterated calls for Johnson to step down. “An apology is not the only thing the prime minister should offer in the palace today,” he said in the statement. “Boris Johnson should do the right thing and resign.”
Earlier this week, Johnson was forced to apologize for attending a private drink party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, when his government was still imposing its first coronavirus containment.