DDozens of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s employees celebrated lockdown parties in Downing Street on the eve of the funeral of Queen Consort Prince Philip in April 2021, according to a report. It was the departure of two confidants of the head of government, the Daily Telegraph reported Thursday evening, citing eyewitnesses. Johnson himself was therefore not present. The newspaper wrote that Downing Street did not deny the information.
As of mid-April 2021, strict distancing rules were in place, members of different households were not allowed to meet in closed rooms. The newspaper pointed out that Queen Elizabeth II (95) had to sit alone in the chapel the next day at her husband’s funeral due to the corona rules.
A DJ, dancing and a lot of alcohol
The Telegraph continued to report that people drank a lot of alcohol and danced at parties. A Johnson adviser was sometimes in charge of the music. Alcohol supplies had been collected in a suitcase from a nearby supermarket. One participant used his son’s swing in the garden of Johnson’s official residence and broke it. In total, around thirty people were said to have participated in the two initially separate events, which would have mingled around midnight.
Johnson has come under massive criticism for several alleged lockdown parties in Downing Street in May and December 2020. The opposition and some Tory MPs are calling for his resignation. The Prime Minister did not apologize until Wednesday. This is now the first incident in 2021 to be known. Commentators pointed out that it was near the funeral of the Queen Consort. Johnson had asked to wait for the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation.