UK Leader’s Office Apologizes for Party Before Royal Funeral

Boris Johnson's office apologized to the royal family for holding staff parties in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral last year.

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FILE - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits alone in St. George's Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, the man who had been by her side for 73 years, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. Boris Johnson's former communications chief has apologized "unreservedly" on Friday for a lockdown-breaching party in Downing Street last year. The Daily Telegraph said Downing Street staff drank, danced and socialized on April 16 last year, the night before the funeral of Prince Philip. The next day, the widowed Queen Elizabeth II sat alone in the church during her husband's funeral service in order to adhere to social distancing rules. (Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP, File)
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LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson’s office apologized to the royal family on Friday for holding staff parties in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral last year — the latest in a string of allegedly lockdown-breaching gatherings that are threatening to topple the British prime minister. Farewell parties for Johnson’s departing spin doctor and another staffer, complete with late-night drinking and dancing, took place on April 16, 2021, the night before Queen Elizabeth…

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