After Boris Johnson submitted his resignation prior to the Queen’s request for her to form a cabinet, Liz Truss is now formally the 56th Prime Minister of Great Britain.
After completing the “kissing hands” transfer of power, the newly-installed PM left the monarch’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.
The Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP was received in audience by the Queen today, and she was asked to establish a new administration, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace. Upon being appointed as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, Ms. Truss accepted Her Majesty’s invitation and kissed her hands.
The grand moment came shortly after Mr. Boris Johnson – accompanied by wife Carrie – left Balmoral following his final 40-minute audience with the Queen. A statement from Buckingham Palace said the monarch had been ‘graciously pleased’ to accept.
Ms. Truss will have little time to celebrate as she must head back to London to thrash out plans for curbing soaring energy bills.
She is expected to cap the typical household bill at £2,500 a year with costs further offset by keeping the £400 handout that had already been committed. That would leave the level only slightly higher than the £1,900 existing cap, and a thousand pounds below the figure it was due to hit next month, according to Mail Online.
Ms Truss will deliver her own speech on the steps of Downing Street around 4pm.
The foreign secretary becomes the nation’s third female after she secured just over 81,000 to Mr. Sunak’s just over 60,000.