Boris Johnson was booed as he attended the service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee today.
Crowds could be heard jeering and whistling as the Prime Minister walked up the steps to St Paul’s Cathedral with his wife Carrie, although there were also cheers from some onlookers.
A BBC commentator said: “The Prime Minister arriving with his wife. There is quite a lot of booing. A substantial amount.”
They added: “We have not heard that for any other VIP guests, that is fair to say.”
The PM was also heckled and booed more as he left the service, with one person saying “f*** off Boris”.
More than 400 people later witnessed the embattled Prime Minister read from the New Testament at the service focused on celebrating the monarch’s 70-year reign.
Quoting a passage from Phillipians 4:8, Mr Johnson said: “Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable … think about these things.”
The booing comes after months of controversy for the PM and the Tory government following a number of rule-breaking Number 10 parties during lockdown.
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Spectator Clement Jacquemin said he booed Boris Johnson leaving St Paul’s Cathedral in London because “he is a disgrace”.
Mr Jacquemin said Brexit and partygate were behind his objection to Mr Johnson, and said the Prime Minister should have “stayed home, made himself forgotten, and let the British public enjoy this day”.
A number of figures took to social media pointing out the jeers, with broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire tweeting: “The Prime Minister arriving with wife Carrie at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Platinum Thanksgiving Service is booed by some in the crowd.”
LBC correspondent Matthew Thompson wrote: “Well. What was previously a joyous atmosphere turns to a chorus of boos and whistles as Boris and Carrie Johnson walk up the steps into St Paul’s Cathedral.”
TV presenter Carol Vorderman added: “Bring Your Own Boos. The message could not be clearer Boris.”
And Liberal Democrat peer Chris Rennard said: “This really is ‘quite a moment’ as crowds boo Boris Johnson on his arrival for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Service. The public hold him in contempt and he is subject to much ridicule.”
The Prime Minister, his wife and the Chancellor all apologised in April after the Metropolitan Police handed them fines for the party in the Cabinet Room on June 19, 2020.
In her recent report, senior civil servant Sue Gray also found boozy drinks parties were held at the heart of Government on April 16 2021, the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral – albeit not attended by the PM himself.
Members of Mr Johnson’s Cabinet were among the guests today, along with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and members of the Tory cabinet including Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Brexit Opportunities minister Jacob Rees Mogg and former Prime Minister John Major.
The 96-year-old monarch pulled out of today’s service due to ongoing mobility issues, experiencing “some discomfort” during Trooping the Colour and the RAF flypast.
Officials said the journey from Windsor Castle, where she spends most of her time, to London and the activity involved for the service was too much and a regrettable but sensible decision had been taken.
A palace source said it had always been the Queen’s hope that she would attend rather than a firm commitment.
During his reading, the Prime Minister said: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
“The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
“Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”
His appearance comes after part of the Met Police investigation into lockdown-busting parties in Downing Street and Whitehall deemed that coronavirus restrictions were breached ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral.
However, the force did not specify which events led to fines being received.
At the time, socialising indoors with people from other households was not allowed and meeting others outdoors was limited to groups of six people or two households.
An increasing number of Tory MPs have publicly urged the Mr Johnson to stand down – although not all have revealed whether they have submitted letters to the 1922 Committee calling for a confidence vote to decide his future.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has told Tory MPs pushing for the Prime Minister to resign to “forget it”, that writing letters of no-confidence in Boris Johnson was a “sideshow”, and the party should be focused on “real challenges that we have to find solutions to”.
This week, the Prime Minister again came under criticism from the standards watchdog after he refused to give his adviser on the rules for ministers the freedom to launch his own inquiries into potential breaches.