Royal family: Palace staff ‘appalled’ by Downing Street Christmas party scandal

The Queen’s staff were said to be “totally appalled” after the revelations about the Number 10 Christmas party became a national scandal.

The palace’s devoted servants, many of whom did not see their loved ones during the pandemic because they entered protective bubbles at Windsor Castle and Balmoral to protect the monarch, are said to feel “palpable anger” after the details of the holiday grabbed the headlines.

The Queen and Prince Philip entered a protective bubble with their servants last year after being evacuated from Buckingham Palace to stay with her beloved husband.

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The appalled royal staff also said that “top-down sacrifices” to keep people safe have been rendered “worthless” by recent revelations.

Royal insiders have described how ‘visibly upset royal staff are’ while describing how the Queen was forced to sit alone while attending her 73-year-old husband’s funeral in April due to covid restrictions.

Her Majesty’s experience mirrors the nation, where thousands of people avoided seeing friends and family over Christmas, altered funeral plans, and did not visit dying relatives in hospital, missing out the opportunity to say goodbye.

Staff spoke of the “huge sacrifices” they made to make sure the Queen and her husband were safe and felt like they were “doing our part” to protect the country’s monarchy.

Responding to Party 10, a staff member said, “It would be an understatement to say people are angry.

“Many have missed Christmas, birthdays, other special occasions and weeks away from their families.

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“But it was all in the spirit that it was for the greater good and we were doing our part.

“It’s a slap in the face for anyone frankly.”

The 95-year-old Queen spent her last Christmas with her husband without the rest of his family before his death at 99.

Her funeral became a symbol of the Queen’s determination to follow the rules, sitting alone with a mask on to set the ultimate example for the nation.

Queen was forced to sit alone at her husband's funeral in order to follow covid distancing rules
Queen was forced to sit alone at her husband’s funeral in order to follow covid distancing rules

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer highlighted the Head of State’s leadership and the sacrifices she made at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral during Prime Minister’s Questions, contrasting with the Prime Minister’s seemingly more casual demeanor Boris Johnson on the restrictions.

Sir Keir told the Commons: ‘Her Majesty the Queen was sitting alone as she marked the passing of the man she had been married to for 73 years.

“Leadership, sacrifice – this is 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 play by the rules? “

Johnson was due to speak with the Queen at their weekly meeting on Wednesday.

Buckingham Palace has not commented.

The Queen is also preparing to film her Christmas address to the nation.

Queen's Christmas speech will likely affect her husband's death
Queen’s Christmas speech will likely affect her husband’s death

She herself writes the pre-recorded speech, which will likely reflect the country’s current challenges and evoke her personal grief over the loss of her husband.

The Royal Family plan to resume their usual Christmas parties at Sandringham House in Norfolk, which were put on hold last year due to the covid.

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