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

Downing Street apologizes to queen over lockdown-busting parties – POLITICO
‘Deeply regrettable’ that parties took place at a time of national mourning, says PM’s spokesman.

LONDON — Boris Johnson’s Downing Street has apologized to Queen Elizabeth II following reports that his staff hosted two parties on the night before Prince Philip’s socially distanced funeral.10 employees celebrated at two separate farewell parties on April 16 last year: one in the Downing Street basement, which included dancing to music played by a special adviser, and one in the garden to mark the departure of communications director James Slack.” The Downing Street spokesman said no resignations had been tendered overnight and that it was “right to await the full findings” of an inquiry by Sue Gray, a senior civil servant.One staffer wheeled in a suitcase filled with booze to one of the April parties, according to the Telegraph’s account.

“The Queen sat alone in mourning like so many did at the time with personal trauma & sacrifice to keep to the rules in the national interest.“The Queen sitting alone, mourning the loss of her husband, was the defining image of lockdown.

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