In Great Britain, the appointment of Liz Truss by Elizabeth II breaks with this tradition of a century

JANE BARLOW/AFP Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the new leader of the Conservative Party and Britain’s Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss meet at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland, on September 6, 2022, where the Queen invited Truss to form a government. – Truss will formally take office on Tuesday after her predecessor Boris Johnson tendered his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo: Jane Barlow/POOL/AFP)


Queen Elizabeth II at the appointment of Lis Truss as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Balmoral, September 6 (Photo by Jane Barlow/POOL/AFP)

UNITED KINGDOM – From Lord Salisbury to Liz Truss. Almost 140 years later, the British Prime Minister was appointed from Balmoral Castle in Scotland instead of Buckingham Palace, the residence of the Queen of England.

This Tuesday, September 6, Liz Truss made a transfer of power with her predecessor Boris Johnson, which did not take place in London, but in Scotland in the Highlands region. A passing of the torch which had not taken place since 1885 in Aberdeenshire, as noted by the BBC.

Despite this change of location, the ceremony still allowed Boris Johnson to officially submit his resignation to the sovereign. The latter then officially commissioned the third female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to form an executive. This is the 15th head of the British government formalized by Elizabeth II in 70 years of reign.

A change in protocol forced by the 96-year-old Queen’s health, or at least by her “extended holiday” at her Scottish royal residence.

Footage released by the palace shows the 96-year-old sovereign, leaning on a cane, shaking hands with the new 47-year-old ruler. ‘The Queen received MP Elizabeth Truss in audience today and asked her to form a new government’Buckingham Palace said in a statement. ‘Mrs Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed her hands to mark her appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord Chancellor of the Exchequer’he added, using the figurative term describing this ceremony

In fact, no kiss was exchanged between Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and the Queen of England during this express visit to Balmoral Castle. The kiss is replaced by a traditional handshake.

Liz Truss’ busy schedule

In the morning Boris Johnson had made his final speech in front of “Number 10” and promised to bring his “strong support” to Liz Truss and her government.

Liz Truss, officially enthroned by the Queen, will then travel to London and the entrance to Downing Street for her first address to the nation. This first decisive day for the one who until then was the foreign minister continues with the appointment of certain ministerial cabinets, such as the interior or culture cabinets, which Priti Patel and Nadine Dorries left vacant after their recent resignations.

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