No 10 staff members partied into the wee hours on the day of Prince Philip’s funeral

Staff continued to drink in number 10 until the wee hours at parties on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, with the last person leaving only at 4:20 am, the Sue Gray report said. The two departures, which began the night before the Queen sat alone in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle when her husband, who had been laid to rest for over 70 years, was among the infamous episodes of the Partygate affair.

On April 16, around 6:30 PM, about 45 people, including some who had an online presence, gathered at the news agency to celebrate the departure of communications chief James Slack. Wine and beer were brought in by staff.

Around the same time, a smaller event for another departing staff member began in the basement, with wine on and music from a laptop placed on top of a printer. Over the course of the evening, the two groups mingled and finally converged in the Downing Street garden, with more than 20 people still present with several bottles of alcohol at 9.30pm.

At that point, the group began to disintegrate, with some people leaving after being encouraged by No. 10’s administrators to leave through the back door. Others, however, returned to the building where they continued drinking until the early hours.

Exit logs indicated that some left after midnight and others between 1:45am and 2:45am, and two stayed later – one left at 3:11am and the last one left at 4:20am. When staff returned in the morning it was noted and reported that a child’s swing/slide in the garden had been damaged by people leaning on it.

A Conservative Party source said the Prime Minister would not apologize to the Queen during their audience on Wednesday, despite Sue Gray’s findings about the party held on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. When asked if the Prime Minister would apologize to the Queen during their call, a source from a Tory party said: “What does he have to apologize to the Queen for?

“We all know he was not around … he was 80 miles from the meeting that had taken place on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.”

The source said it would be “very strange” to apologize on the eve of the Queen’s Jubilee. “You can expect him to be a lot more positive and focused on the Queen than to apologize for something he wasn’t even into,” the source said.

The prime minister, who would keep his conversation with the monarch at a distance rather than in person after his meeting with Tory MPs on the 1922 committee, was “not present” at the celebration on April 16, Ms Gray’s report said. He apologized to the Queen in January when reports of the party emerged, with Mr Slack also “apologizing unconditionally for the anger and pain caused”.

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