DDozens of employees of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson celebrated lockdown parties on Downing Street on the eve of the funeral of Queen consort Prince Philip in April 2021, according to a report. It was about the departure of two confidants of the head of government, reported the Daily Telegraph on Thursday evening, citing eyewitnesses. Johnson himself was therefore not present. The newspaper wrote that Downing Street had not denied the reports.
In mid-April 2021, strict distance rules were in force, members of different households were not allowed to meet in closed rooms. The newspaper emphasized that Queen Elizabeth II (95) had to sit all alone in the chapel the next day at the funeral of her husband due to the corona rules.
A DJ, dance and lots of alcohol
The Telegraph continued to report that a lot of alcohol was drunk and danced at the parties. An advisor to Johnson was at times responsible for the music. Alcoholic supplies had been fetched in a suitcase from a nearby supermarket. A participant used the swing of his son in the garden of Johnson’s official residence and broke it. In total, around 30 people are said to have participated in the two initially separate events, which would have mixed around midnight.
Johnson has come under massive criticism for several alleged lockdown parties on Downing Street in May and December 2020. The opposition and some Tory MPs are calling for his resignation. The prime minister only apologized on 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 await the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation.