Downership of street staff drank alcohol in the early hours at two outgoing events the night before the socially distant funeral of Prince Philip, The Telegraph may reveal.
On Friday evening, 16 April 2021, the UK was in a period of public mourning. Union flags hung half of the hoists on Westminster government buildings to commemorate died Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. last week.
As the state is in the second step of a plan of strict imprisonment that has banned interference indoors, mourners have been told not to leave flowers because of the Covid threat. A book of condolences has been set up online to “reduce the risk of transmission” due to physical signatures.
In the private chapel at Windsor Castle lay the prince’s baptism overnight. The next day, the queen, with her face covered in a black mask, would say goodbye to her 73-year-old husband. With the applicable rules on social distancing, she sat alone.
The atmosphere on Downing Street that Friday night, however, was quite different. Advisers and civil servants gathered after work for two separate events marking the departure of two colleagues.
One of them was James Slack, Mr. Johnson’s communications director. He had two Tory premieres, a rare transfer from the days of Therese May, but left after four years to become deputy editor at The Sun. The other was one of Mr. Johnson’s personal photographers.