UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson reads from Philippians at royal event honoring Queen Elizabeth’s reign
The United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson reads from Philippians at royal event honoring Queen Elizabeth’s reign
Facing calls to resign over a national COVID-19 lockdown scandal, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson read from the Bible at a royal event Friday with former British leaders in attendance.
Johnson was booed as he and his wife, Carrie, arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral for the service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, one of several events being held in London marking the Queen’s 70-year reign.
While Johnson did not visibly react to the booing the the BBC and other media outlets noted the chilly reception.
Labour MP Karl Turner shared video footage of Johnson’s arrival on social media.
“Our Prime Minister of our great country. The greatest country on earth being booed at the platinum jubilee of Her [Majesty] the Queen,” Turner tweeted. “What a great shame he’s brought to the great office of Prime Minister.”
Once inside the cathedral, Johnson read from Philippians 4:8, which states: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable … think about these things.”
More than 400 people attended the service, including former prime ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair, the Times UK reported.
Queen Elizabeth, 96, skipped the service due to health issues after reportedly experiencing “some discomfort” after attending events on Thursday.
Johnson has faced calls to resign following multiple reports that he and other members of the ruling Tory party held several parties at 10 Downing Street during the nation’s strict COVID-19 lockdown.
The crowd’s reception could signal some tough sledding for Johnson ahead of a potential confidence vote over the scandal as early as next week.
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