‘Downing Street staff drank and danced’ evening before Queen sat alone mourning Prince Philip


Staff on Downing Street danced and drank alcohol until the early hours of two bubbly parties the night before Prince Philips’ socially distant funeral, it sounded Thursday night.

A few hours before the queen was depicted sitting alone during the service in St. George’s Chapel on April 17, advisers and officials gathered for two departure events for colleagues, according to The Telegraph.

The two gatherings were reportedly held in different parts of the complex before joining together as the night wore on.

An employee was allegedly sent out with a suitcase to buy wine from a supermarket on Strand at Charing Cross station.

At the time, indoor socializing with people outside your household or bubble was prohibited.

Dusk falls across Downing Street amid serious allegations of breach of lockdown (Photo: Getty)

The country was also in a state of national mourning following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on 9 April.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was not in Downing Street on the day of the rallies, a 10-year-old spokesman said.

But the fresh revelations will put more pressure on the Prime Minister, who is faces calls to resign due to his participation in a garden party on Downing Street in May 2020.

The two departure events were held for James Slack, Mr Johnson’s communications director, and one of the Prime Minister’s personal photographers, The Telegraph reported.

Shelley Williams-Walker, Mr. Johnson’s chief of operations, was reportedly in charge of the music.

All three declined to comment, The Telegraph said.

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