Liz Truss She is already Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after receiving the formal commission from the Queen Isabel II at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, and not at Buckingham Palace as usual. She is the third woman to take office. Minutes before, in the same place, Boris Johnson has tendered his resignation.
In a formal act known as the ‘kissing hands’ -although the practice is limited to a bow or a handshake-, of which Buckingham has released photographs, the monarch has asked Truss to form a new Government, whose composition will be announced in the next few hours.
In the solo meeting between the queen and Truss, scheduled in detail as is the case with the political traditions of the United Kingdom, when Elizabeth II has asked Truss to form a new administration, the applicant has responded with a simple “yes”.
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“The Queen received (…) Elizabeth Truss in audience and asked her to form a new Administration. Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed hands after her appointment as Prime Minister,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
Truss prevailed in the primary elections held during August within the Conservative Party to elect its new leader, who automatically assumes the leadership of the Executive thanks to his parliamentary majority.
The released official photo shows a smiling monarch and helped by a cane while shaking hands with the leader tory. The event was held at the Scottish residence of the Royal House due to the mobility problems suffered by Elizabeth II, according to the Palace.
Following the meeting, Truss heads to London to deliver her first speech at 10 Downing Street. Subsequently, the composition of its executive will be announced, with the current Minister of Business, Kwasi Kwartengas the great favorite to occupy the Economy portfolio and therefore the unofficial title of ‘number two’ in the cabinet.