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Two Downing Street parties allegedly held on eve of Prince Philip's funeral

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Two Downing Street parties allegedly held on eve of Prince Philip's funeral

It is claimed advisers and civil servants gathered after work for two separate - when there were strict rules about the numbers allowed to mix indoors. | ITV National News

The second gathering, for the PM’s personal photographer, was reported to have taken place in the No 10 basement.This group also headed to the garden later on, the newspaper said, where the parties merged. The celebrations are said to have continued into the early hours of the morning.

At the time, government guidance stated: “You must not socialise indoors except with your household or support bubble. You can meet outdoors, including in gardens, in groups of six people or two households”.The latest allegations come as the PM avoided a public engagement on Thursday, instead following guidance to avoid crowded spaces after coming into contact with a Covid case - ITV News Deputy Political Editor Anushka Asthana has the details

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This group also headed to the garden later on, the newspaper said, where the parties merged. The celebrations are said to have continued into the early hours of the morning. An aide allegedly arrived with a suitcase full of booze and Mr Johnson's one-year-old son's garden swing was broken during the antics. At the time, government guidance stated: “You must not socialise indoors except with your household or support bubble. Beach was jailed for a minimum of 26 years and Teague for at least 21 years. You can meet outdoors, including in gardens, in groups of six people or two households”. “You can meet outdoors, including in gardens, in groups of six people or two households. The latest allegations come as the PM avoided a public engagement on Thursday, instead following guidance to avoid crowded spaces after coming into contact with a Covid case - ITV News Deputy Political Editor Anushka Asthana has the details Play video A Downing Street spokesperson said of Mr Slack’s event: “On this individual’s last day he gave a farewell speech to thank each team for the work they had done to support him, both those who had to be in the office for work and on a screen for those working from home”.

The spokesperson offered no further comment on the allegations that a farewell gathering was held for the PM’s personal photographer. Advisers and civil servants reportedly held the April 16 farewell bashes to mark the departures of the snapper and the Downing Street director of communications, James Slack. Grimsby Crown Court heard the two men then got back in the car and fled the scene. Philip, the Queen’s husband of 74 years, died aged 99 in April 2021. His funeral was held during the pandemic and complied with coronavirus restrictions within the confines of Windsor Castle. At the photographer’s leaving do, a laptop was allegedly placed on a photocopier and music blared out. The monarch poignantly sat alone in a face mask socially distanced from her loved ones. Addressing Beach he said: "You chose to seek revenge by arming yourself and recruiting Teague as your getaway drive "It was a cowardly attack from behind while the victim was walking away. . In the basement where the photographer’s farewell party was held, music was blaring out, it was claimed.