Downing Street Apologises for Lockdown-Breaching Party on Eve of Royal Funeral

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office has apologised to the Queen after it was reported that two lockdown-breaching parties were held on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April. The Telegraph reported that advisers and civil servants gathered after work for two separate events on April 16, 2021, in violation of COVID-19 restrictions which banned indoor mixing. The next day, the Queen attended the funeral of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, wearing a face mask and socially distanced from her family at Windsor Castle in line with COVID-19 rules. A spokesman for Johnson said on Jan. 14 that Downing Street had said sorry to Buckingham Palace. The spokesman said: “It is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and Number 10 has apologised to the Palace. You heard from the PM this week, he’s recognised Number 10 should be held to …

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