Downing Street apologises to the Queen for parties on eve of Prince Philip’s funeral – live

No 10 has apologised to Buckingham Palace for two parties that took place in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral last year, Boris Johnson’s spokesman has revealed.

The Daily Telegraph reported that two separate leaving parties, for former director of communications James Slack and a government photographer, were held on 16 April, with drinking continuing into the early hours.

The prime minister’s spokesman said:

It’s deeply regrettable that this took place at a national mourning, and Number 10 has apologised to the Palace for that.

He declined to say whether Johnson would personally apologise to the Queen at his next private audience with her, but said the prime minister recognised the public’s “significant anger,” about lockdown-busting social events.

The monarch mourned alone at her husband’s funeral, because Covid rules at the time prohibited indoor mixing.

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