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UK gov’t Staff Held Parties As Queen Mourned Alone,Report Says

Queen Elizabeth II Mourned her husband

Two Downing Street parties were held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in 2021, it has been claimed. Allegations of more lockdown-breaking parties at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office are heightening public anger in the UK. Reports claim government staff held social events last year while Queen Elizabeth mourned her husband.
About 30 people reportedly attended the events and enjoyed drinking and dancing. The gatherings are said to have joined together in the Downing Street garden before finishing in the early hours of the morning.

The next day, Elizabeth bade farewell to Prince Philip, 99. The image of the monarch sitting alone in the church at her late husband’s memorial service was one of the starkest images of the UK under lockdown.

A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed a leaving speech for Johnson’s former director of communications, James Slack, had been given on the evening of April 16, but would not comment when asked if there had been drinking and dancing, the BBC reported on Friday.

Staff at the parties reportedly went to a nearby supermarket to fill a suitcase with alcohol, used a laptop to play music in the Downing Street basement, and broke a swing used by the prime minister’s young son amid their revelry, The Telegraph reported, citing unnamed witnesses.

At the time, Britons were not allowed to socialise indoors, except with those from their household or so-called support bubble. People could socialise outdoors, but in groups of up to six people, or two households of any size.

Johnson, who won a landslide election victory in 2019, is facing the gravest crisis of his premiership after a slew of scandals amid the growing reports about lockdown-breaking gatherings.

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As queen mourned alone, UK gov’t staff held parties: Report
Two lockdown-breaking Downing Street gatherings were held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, a newspaper alleges.

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In respect of lockdown measures aimed at preventing COVID infections, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sat alone at the funeral of Prince Philip, who died at 99 [Victoria Jones/Pool via Reuters]
Published On 14 Jan 2022
14 Jan 2022
Allegations of more lockdown-breaking parties at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office are heightening public anger in the United Kingdom, as new reports claim government staff held social events last year while Queen Elizabeth II mourned her husband.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Thursday that two drinks parties were held at Johnson’s official residence on April 16, 2021, in breach of limits on social gatherings under coronavirus restrictions then in place.

About 30 people reportedly attended the events and enjoyed drinking and dancing. The gatherings are said to have joined together in the Downing Street garden before finishing in the early hours of the morning.

The next day, Elizabeth bade farewell to Prince Philip, 99. The image of the monarch sitting alone in the church at her late husband’s memorial service was one of the starkest images of the UK under lockdown.

A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed a leaving speech for Johnson’s former director of communications, James Slack, had been given on the evening of April 16, but would not comment when asked if there had been drinking and dancing, the BBC reported on Friday.

Staff at the parties reportedly went to a nearby supermarket to fill a suitcase with alcohol, used a laptop to play music in the Downing Street basement, and broke a swing used by the prime minister’s young son amid their revelry, The Telegraph reported, citing unnamed witnesses.

At the time, Britons were not allowed to socialise indoors, except with those from their household or so-called support bubble. People could socialise outdoors, but in groups of up to six people, or two households of any size.

PM under mounting pressure
Johnson, who won a landslide election victory in 2019, is facing the gravest crisis of his premiership after a slew of scandals amid the growing reports about lockdown-breaking gatherings.

The Prime minister on Wednesday admitted he attended a “bring your own booze” party at his official residence in May 2020, and apologized.

Opponents have called for Johnson to resign, casting the 57-year-old as a charlatan who demanded Britons follow some of the strictest rules in the country’s peacetime history while he and his staff partied.

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