BORIS Johnson said sorry to the Queen yesterday after aides held a Downing Street tear-up on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.
The raucous bash saw staff haul a suitcase full of wine to No10.
Tot Wilfred’s swing was also broken, despite the Government being in mourning and the country under Covid restrictions.
It heaps pressure on Prince Andrew to issue his own apology to his mother after his possible sex-case trial plunged the royals into crisis.
The Prime Minister was at Chequers on April 16 last year, but two leaving bashes were held in No10 that evening.
One was for spin doctor James Slack and another for a junior staffer that went on until late.
Just hours later Her Majesty followed Covid guidelines by sitting alone at her husband’s funeral in Windsor Castle.
Downing Street called Buckingham Palace yesterday to say sorry for the “deeply regrettable” incident.
The latest twist in the No10 lockdown-breaking saga came as more senior Tories called for the PM to quit.
His allies say he is determined to resist, but grudgingly accepts some of his most senior advisers will have to walk.
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He also faces an agonising wait for Whitehall sleaze-buster Sue Gray to come to a verdict on nearly a dozen alleged lockdown breaches at the heart of Government.
Her report may be delayed after fresh allegations surfaced yesterday that civil servants who wrote the Covid laws had their own rule-breaking party inside the Cabinet Office.
Former Covid Taskforce boss Kate Josephs said she was “truly sorry” for her leaving drinks in December 2021.
Meanwhile, a group of PM lookalikes mocked him as they partied by Downing Street yesterday.
They danced in suits and drank beer while chanting: “This is a work event.”
Last night a YouGov poll showed Tories being swung by the partygate scandal — with an 11-point lead for Labour.