UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been booed and jeered upon arrival at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral for a Service of Thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II.
The reception that greeted Mr Johnson on Friday is indicative of the growing pressure he has been facing in office since the “partygate” scandal broke out.
As the embattled prime minister and his wife Carrie climbed the steps outside the cathedral, in front of leading members of the military and the church, thousands of royal fans began jeering and booing.
Some of those in the crowd clapped and started to cheer.
The couple were arriving for the Service of Thanksgiving, being held on the second day of the four-day Platinum Jubilee national celebration for the 96-year-old monarch – the longest reign in British history.
Mr Johnson has faced widespread calls from opposition politicians, and some in his own Conservative party, to resign after it was revealed both he and Downing Street officials broke strict laws his government made during the COVID-19 pandemic
A panel which was set up to look into the allegations against the PM and some of his officials imposed a fine on Mr Johnson, being the first of its kind against a serving premier.
A recent Reuters report says This is the first time a British leader has been found to have broken the law while in office.
Mr Johnson swept to power in 2019 on a promise to complete the UK’s exit from the European Union, but his premiership has suffered a series of controversies and missteps in recent months.
According to recent opinion Polls, the PM’s personal popularity has sunk dramatically and a growing number of MP’s in the governing party have demanded that he quits, with speculation he might face a leadership challenge.
Writing by Tony Okerafor