Downing Street apologizes to Queen over COVID-19 lockdown parties

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office has apologized to Queen Elizabeth II after it was revealed that Downing Street employees held illegal parties on the eve of her husband’s funeral.

“It is very unfortunate that this happened at a time of national mourning and Number 10 has apologized to the palace,” a spokesman told reporters on Friday after new allegations that Johnson’s staff held parties the night before Prince Philip’s funeral.

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On Wednesday, Johnson apologized for attending a “bring your own booze” rally at his official residence during Britain’s first coronavirus lockdown, where a senior figure in his party and his opponents said he should resign.

Johnson first admitted he attended the ceremony at 10 Downing Street in May 2020 when COVID-19 restricted social gatherings to a minimum, saying he understands the public outrage.

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