The Queen has been apologized to by Downing Street for throwing parties the night before Prince Philip’s funeral. The two gatherings went on until the early hours of the morning.
The Queen has received an apology from Downing Street for having two parties at No 10 the night before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April 2021.
Only 30 royals were able to attend Prince Philip’s burial in person due to constraints at the period, and the king, 95, sat alone during the socially-disguised service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on 17 April.
“It’s deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning, and No10 has apologised to the Palace.’ – Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said on Friday.
“You’ve heard from the Prime Minister this week, he’s recognised No10 should be held to the highest standards and take responsibility for the things we did not get right. We have apologised to the Palace.”
The apology was made over the phone, rather than the Prime Minister speaking directly to the Queen or putting it in writing, according to reports.
Every Wednesday, the monarch has a weekly audience with Mr Johnson.
The apology comes after The Telegraph claimed that two leaving parties were held in No10 on April 16, despite the fact that indoor social gatherings were prohibited at the time.
Sue Gray, a senior civil servant, is conducting an investigation of alleged government lockdown parties.
The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9th at the age of 99, and his burial was held eight days later.
The Queen was accompanied to the service by her lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hessey, but she sat alone inside the chapel as she bid farewell to her 73-year-old husband.
The monarch’s four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, as well as her eight grandchildren and their spouses, were among those in attendance.