Boris Johnson Apologizes To Queen Elizabeth II For Partying On The Eve Of Her Husband’s Funeral

Boris Johnson apologizes to Queen Elizabeth II for partying on the eve of her husband's funeral

Downing Street has apologized to Buckingham Palace for the two parties held on the eve of the funeral of the Philip of Edinburgh last year in the offices of the prime minister’s official residence and office, according to Boris Johnson’s spokesman and collects TheGuardian.

Members of the cabinet of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held two farewell parties, which lasted until dawn, on April 16, 2021, despite the restrictions in force at that time, as published this Thursday. TheDaily Telegraph. That day, according to Telegraph, the prime minister was not in his official residence, but remained from Thursday and during the weekend in his rest house, Checkers.

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There is also the circumstance that the United Kingdom was then in national mourning for the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, 95, who had to sit alone the next day at his funeral due to the distance social required by the rules against COVID-19.

The news of these two parties has added pressure on the leader tory, whose resignation has been requested by the opposition and some conservative deputies.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman explained this Friday that an apology has been presented to Buckingham Palace. “It is deeply regrettable that this has taken place at a time of national mourning,” he said. The spokesman has not clarified, however, if Johnson would apologize in person to Queen Elizabeth II at his next private audience with her, but has said that the prime minister recognizes the “significant anger” of the population for the social celebrations that are taking place celebrated during the restrictions, uncovered by the press.

“You have listened to the prime minister this week. He has recognized that Downing Street must hold itself to the highest standards and take responsibility for things we did not do well,” the spokesman said. Cornered by a barrage of criticism and pressure, the British Prime Minister admitted this Wednesday in the House of Commons that he attended a party held in Downing Street Gardens in May 2020, when the rest of the country was subject to harsh restrictions due to the pandemic, although he argued that he thought it was a “work event”.

This Friday, James Slack, the former director of communications for the prime minister and the protagonist of one of the two farewell parties, has also apologized for the celebration. In a statement, Slack says it takes “full responsibility” for an event that “should not have happened.” “I wish to apologize unreservedly for the outrage and pain caused. This event should not have happened at that time. I am very sorry.”

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