UK government apologizes to Queen for 'suitcase of wine' parties on eve of Prince Philip's funeral
London (CNN) Of all the recent revelations of lockdown-busting parties held by Britain's top officials, the latest report may be the most damaging yet.
On the night before Prince Philip's funeral last April, with the nation in official mourning and Queen Elizabeth preparing to lay to rest her husband of nearly 74 years, alcohol-fueled gatherings took place at UK government offices in 10 Downing Street, as first reported by The Telegraph newspaper.
The government has now apologized to Buckingham Palace for the events.
"It is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and No 10 has apologized to the Palace," Prime Minister Boris Johnson's deputy official spokesman told journalists on Friday.
One of the events was held to mark the departure of Director of Communications James Slack, who is now deputy editor at the country's best-selling newspaper, The Sun.
Slack also apologized "for the anger and hurt caused" by the event, which he said "should not have happened at the time that it did," in a statement reported by PA Media on Friday.