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Boris Johnson has publicly apologized to the Queen and country for the events in Downing Street on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

The prime minister faced cameras during a visit to Finchley Memorial Hospital on Tuesday at two parties held at Number 10 at a time of national mourning.

England had been under restrictions that prohibited indoor mixing of households.

The prime minister, who was at Checkers at the time of the holidays in April 2021, was emotional when asked about the incidents.

He could be heard gasping behind his face mask when asked for his response to the events.

“I am deeply and bitterly sorry that this happened,” he said.

Downing Street previously confirmed that an apology had been offered to Buckingham Palace after the parties came to light, but that was delivered through officials.

“I can only renew my apologies to both Her Majesty and the country for the errors in judgment that were made, and for which I take full responsibility,” Johnson said.

The Telegraph reported that advisers and civil servants met after work for two separate events on April 16, 2021, as the country was in a period of mourning following the duke’s death.

The next day, the Queen sat alone, socially distanced from her family, as she mourned her husband.

The events were to mark the departure of James Slack as Mr Johnson’s director of communications and also as one of the Prime Minister’s personal photographers.

The two events are said to have started separately and then merged.

The newspaper reported eyewitness accounts that alcohol was drunk and guests danced to the music, and that one person was sent to a local store with a suitcase to buy wine.

Slack, now deputy managing editor of The Sun, has apologized.

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