Liz Truss has now also been officially named as the new Prime Minister. She was received at Balmoral Castle by Queen Elizabeth, who was unable to travel to London due to mobility problems.
Earlier today, the Queen received outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a visit to Scotland, who officially came to offer his resignation. Then it was Liz Truss, who has now been officially named British Prime Minister, after winning the Conservation Party presidential election on Monday against Rishi Sunak.
Truss is only the third female Prime Minister of the country after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May, for the Queen it is already the fourteenth time that she has welcomed a new Prime Minister. Including Winston Churchill – who was already prime minister when she landed on the throne – she is already in her fifteenth prime.
The meeting took place at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, as the Queen was unable to travel to Buckingham Palace in London due to mobility issues. It had also been several weeks since a photo had been shared of the Queen, whose health has deteriorated sharply. She was last seen for a public event in mid-June.
Truss immediately traveled back to London after meeting the Queen, and will give her first speech as Prime Minister later in the day, in front of her new official residence at 10 Downing Street. Truss must now assemble her government squad as quickly as possible. The first parliamentary question time is already on the agenda on Wednesday. It will mainly be about the rising costs of energy and living costs.