On the night before Prince Philip’s funeral, during a national mourning period in the UK, Downing Street, the headquarters for the UK Prime Minister, hosted two events with about 30 people who were drinking alcohol and dancing, the “Daily Telegraph” revealed on Friday.
A spokesman for Boris Johnson said the Prime Minister was not at Downing Street at the time, having stayed in his mansion outside London from Thursday night to Saturday. However, he did not contradict the “Daily Telegraph’s” information.
According to the newspaper, the events that took place on Friday, April 16, 2021, were organised on the occasion of the departure of two employees - communication director James Slack and one of the PM’s photographers. Initially they were held separately - the latter in the basement of the building, in a poorly ventilated room. However, around midnight the two parties merged into a single Downing Street garden party. Altogether there were about 30 people there at that time.
As the “Daily Telegraph” describes, citing witnesses, including participants of those events, at one point there was a fear that there might be a shortage of alcohol, so one of the people went to a nearby supermarket and bought a few bottles of wine. In turn, participants in the basement party expressed concern that too much wine had spilled on the carpet while they were dancing. Later, when they all moved into the garden, one of the Downing Street staff members climbed onto the children’s swing of newborn son Boris Johnson and broke it. The party ended late after midnight.
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The Queen sat alone in mourning like so many did at the time with personal trauma & sacrifice to keep to the rules in the national interest. I have no words for the culture & behaviours at number 10 and the buck stops with the PM. https://t.co/OZD3GEBL4z— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) January 13, 2022