By the editorial staff
LThe services of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have apologized to Queen Elizabeth II following revelations about parties organized in Downing Street the day before the funeral of her husband Philip, in full confinement, a spokesperson said on Friday.
“It is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and 10 (Downing Street) has apologized to the palace,” a spokesperson for the Tory leader said. These apologies were made through official channels.
A departure party
This is one of the symbolic images of the rigor of confinements in the United Kingdom: the nonagenarian queen, all black dressed to the mask, sitting alone in the chapel of Windsor Castle during the funeral of Prince Philip.
Until the early hours of April 17, 2021, during a period of national mourning, Downing Street collaborators were celebrating the departure of two members of the team, according to The Telegraph, communications director James Slack, since deputy editor of the tabloid The Sun, and a personal photographer from Boris Johnson.
These two very watered pots bringing together about thirty people, including one organized in the basement of the building where an official was the DJ, had joined in the gardens of the official residence, according to the daily close to power . One person had been sent to a supermarket to buy bottles of wine which they brought back to Downing Street in a suitcase, he said.
At the time, indoor meetings were prohibited, as the British could only meet up to six outdoors.
Boris Johnson discret
Boris Johnson, 57, was not present and was, according to a spokesperson quoted by the Telegraph, in Checkers, the country residence of UK heads of government.
But these new revelations extend an already long list of parties organized in circles of power during the periods of confinement of the last two years. They also highlight, according to witnesses quoted in the media, a real drink culture in Downing Street.
They push even further the conservative leader who, contact Covid case, has not been seen in public since his mea culpa Wednesday in Parliament for his presence at one of these parties in May 2020. He said he then thought he was was about a business meeting.