Liz Truss is officially the UK's new Prime Minister after meeting Queen at Balmoral – iNews

Liz Truss is officially the UK’s new Prime Minister, having met the Queen at Balmoral this afternoon.
In as private audience, she was invited to become Prime Minister by the monarch, who had earlier accepted Boris Johnson’s resignation.
Pictures show the pair shaking hands while in the drawing room of the Queen’s private residence at the Scottish estate – some of the first images seen of the Queen for several months.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the official appointment took place, and said: “The Queen received in Audience the Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP today and requested her to form a new Administration. Ms Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed hands upon her appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.”
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Ms Truss arrived at Balmoral at about 12.30pm, in a chauffeur-driven car with her husband Hugh O’Leary.
Like her predecessor Mr Johnson, she was welcomed by the Queen’s Private Secretary Sir Edward Young, and her Equerry, Lieutenant Colonel Tom White.
Ms Truss said “good afternoon” as she first shook hands with Lt Col White, who gestured towards Sir Edward. The aide introduced himself before the politician and her husband were ushered inside.
She left the Scottish castle as the country’s third female prime minister – and the 15th PM of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
Her arrival followed that of Mr Johnson, who was accompanied by his wife Carrie. She was wearing the same bright pink floral dress from Harmur she was seen in when she joined her husband outside No 10 earlier on Tuesday morning for his farewell speech.
The pair arrived at Balmoral about 11.15am, adn met with the Queen for about 40 minutes before leaving shortly before 12pm.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that Mr Johnson had formally resigned.
It said in a statement: “The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP had an Audience of the Queen this morning and tendered his resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept.”
On arrival, Mr Johnson said “good morning” a number of times to the Queen’s aides and a small group of waiting media.
Pages were on hand to open the doors of the chauffeur-driven car, which arrived in light rain and stopped at the front door of Balmoral Castle.
The Queen met Mr Johnson in the drawing room of the private royal residence, where the former Tory party leader offered his resignation.
This chat will have been very brief, and a less formal meeting will have taken place, with Mrs Johnson joining the room moment later.
Following convention, Mr Johnson left via a private route – which will not have been photographed. His car was seen pulling away from the estate shortly before 12pm.
Mr Johnson has already updated his Twitter bio to “former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom”.
Instead of the usual one-mile car trip from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace, the outgoing Prime Minister had to travel 500 miles to Aberdeen by private jet to meet the 96-year-old monarch at Balmoral.
The break with tradition is due to the Queen’s mobility issues, and it is the first time the Queen has met an incoming UK leader in Balmoral.
The last prime minister to be appointed from Balmoral was Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, in 1885.
Ms Truss followed Mr Johnson in a separate plane for security reasons, and met the Queen shortly after he left.
Her plane arrived shortly after 11am – her flight from RAF Northolt in west London had been delayed due to thick fog around the airport, and the plane circled the skies over Aberdeenshire for around 20 minutes before eventually landing.
On Tuesday afternoon, the newly appointed prime minister was returning to Westminster, where she will give her first speech outside Downing Street, though this may have to be moved inside if the weather fails to hold up.
She will then be busy attending to her in-tray – which features an urgent cost of living crisis, a looming recession and the threat of strikes across multiple sectors.
Ms Truss will also have the task of pulling together her new No 10 team and Cabinet ready for its first meeting on Wednesday morning.
Two leading ministers have already resigned. Last night Home Secretary Priti Patel annoced she was quitingt amid reports that Attorney General Suella Braverman was being lined up for the job, and earlier on Tuesday Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries resigned, despite insisting Ms Truss had offered to keep her in post.
Mr Johnson delivered his farewell speech in Downing Street at 7.30am, hinting that he could return to frontline politics by likening himself to Roman dictator Cincinnatus, a farmer-turned-politician who was asked back after returning to his farm following an earlier foray into politics.
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