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Entertainment: Queen's staff 'utterly dismayed' over illegal Downing Street Christmas party after she was forced to sit alone during Prince Philip's funeral

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The Queen's staff are reportedly furious over revelations of an illegal Christmas bash at No.10 Downing Street in London, after Her Majesty was forced to abide by COVID-19 restrictions and sit alone at Prince Philip's funeral.

Palace staff are "angry" and reacted with "utter dismay" amid news of the Christmas party scandal, which saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson allegedly host an illegal festive gathering in Christmas 2020 despite tough restrictions in place.

Speaking with The Mirror, royal staffers said "sacrifices were made from the very top all the way down" to keep everyone in the palace safe during the pandemic, but now feel they were "worthless" in light of the alleged illegal party.

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a close up of an old building: Queen Elizabeth II sat alone in St. Georges Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, the man who had been by her side for 73 years. © AP Queen Elizabeth II sat alone in St. Georges Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, the man who had been by her side for 73 years.

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"It would be a gross understatement to say people are angry," one told the publication.

"Many missed Christmas, birthdays, other special occasions and weeks on end away from their families."

"But it was all in the spirit it was for the greater good and we were doing our bit. It's a slap in the face for anyone frankly."

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer slammed the Prime Minister for flouting COVID-19 rules and used the Queen as an example of someone who abided by the restrictions — even during the most painful time of her life.

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Prince Philip's funeral was held in April 2021. © Getty Prince Philip's funeral was held in April 2021.

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"Her Majesty the Queen sat alone when she marked the passing of the man she'd been married to for 73 years," Starmer told the Commons.

"Leadership, sacrifice — that's what gives leaders the moral authority to lead. Does the Prime Minister think he has the moral authority to lead and to ask the British people to stick to the rules?"

One single photograph of Queen Elizabeth II at her beloved husband Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021 broke hearts around the world.

Her Majesty cut a very solitary figure inside the Nave of St George's Chapel, kept away from other members of the family due to the coronavirus restrictions at the time.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under fire over revelations he attended an illegal Christmas party at Downing Street in December 2020. © AP Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under fire over revelations he attended an illegal Christmas party at Downing Street in December 2020.

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The devastating photo prompted praise from around the world for the Queen's dedication to the monarchy and its people.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has since apologised over the secret Downing Street Christmas party, which was held at the height of Britain's lockdown last year.

"I understand and share the anger up and down the country at seeing No. 10 staff seeming to make light of lockdown measures," Johnson told the Commons.

"I apologise unreservedly for the offence that it has caused up and down the country, and I apologise for the impression that it gives."

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The PM's former press secretary Allegra Stratton was caught on camera joking about the controversial festivities, whipping up a furore across the country.

Stratton later resigned in a tearful statement delivered to the press outside her home.

"My remarks seemed to make light of the rules, rules that people were doing everything to obey; that was never my intention," she said.

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The rapid spread of the omikron variant in the UK could also set the plans of Queen Elizabeth II for the Christmas days. © Jane Barlow / Pa Wire / dpa is not quite clear how Queen Elizabeth II will spend the holidays. The Royal Family is currently talking to its advisers about various alternatives for the holidays, reported the "Telegraph", citing insider sources.

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