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Any 10 staff ‘held two parties’ before the Queen sat alone at Philip’s funeral

Staff ran for the co-op ‘with a suitcase’ to pick up alcohol the night before Prince Philip’s funeral (Picture: Getty Images)

It is claimed that around 30 Downing Street employees held two lockdown-breaking parties the night before the Queen sat alone to rest her beloved husband.

Advisors and civil servants are accused of drinking early in the morning on April 16, 2021 – hours before heart-wrenching images of the monarch bidding farewell to Prince Philip at a socially distanced funeral.

Eyewitnesses have claimed that at one event people danced to music and co-opted on the Strand ‘with suitcases’ to get alcohol.

As The Telegraph reports, some were concerned that too much alcohol was spilling on the basement carpet, while a man broke down a baby swing belonging to the prime minister’s son Wilf.

At the time, millions of Britons were told not to socialize indoors with anyone else but in their own homes, while they could meet outside in groups of six or two.

This comes as the government is accused of pulling back several parties in 2020.

Boris Johnson is currently under pressure to resign after admitting to attending a gathering in May 2020 – but he insists he believes it is a work schedule.

Tory leaders were away at Checkers over the weekend of two alleged parties in April, No. 10 has said.

But a spokesman acknowledged that the staff had gathered that night to “hear the quitting speech”.

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The prime minister is not alleged to have been in both parties but admitted to attending another gathering in May this week (Picture: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA)

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It has been claimed that the first event was allegedly organized for Mr Johnson’s director of communications, James Slack, who would go on to become deputy editor at The Sun newspaper.

The attendees were reportedly inside Downing Street and eventually headed out to the garden with their drinks.

Another group, mostly young staff, held a ‘party atmosphere with music blaring out’ in the basement of No. 10 to bid goodbye to one of Mr Johnson’s personal photographers.

Mr Johnson’s head of operations, Shelley Williams-Walker, is accused of being in charge of the music at points.

It is claimed that both the groups got together around midnight to form a group of 30 people.

A ‘senior person’ said he had warned Mr Slack against leaving the party, but it reportedly went ahead anyway.

A No. 10 spokesperson said of Mr. Slack’s farewell program: ‘On this person’s last day he gave a farewell speech to thank each team for the work they did for their support, both of whom were in the office for work. One more screen for those working from home.

He declined to comment on the photographer’s alleged departure.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Ms Williams-Walker and Mr Slack for comment.

Mr Slack did not comment when contacted by The Telegraph. The newspaper contacted Ms Williams-Walker and the photographer via Downing Street, but did not provide a statement.

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