The break with custom for the brand new PM, to be introduced Sept. 5, will accommodate the monarch’s mobility points
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth will break with custom to nominate Britain’s new prime minister at her Balmoral Citadel residence in Scotland slightly than at Buckingham Palace in London, as a result of 96-year-old monarch’s mobility points.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson mentioned on Wednesday that the queen would meet outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson in addition to his successor on Sept. 6 at Balmoral, the place the monarch spends her summers.
She can have an viewers with Britain’s new chief — both International Secretary Liz Truss or former finance minister Rishi Sunak — shortly after assembly with Johnson, the spokesperson mentioned.
The results of the Conservative Get together management contest to succeed Johnson will probably be introduced on Sept. 5, with polls making Truss the clear frontrunner.
The choice to have the audiences at Balmoral was taken to supply certainty for the brand new prime minister’s diary and keep away from having to make any last-minute modifications have been the queen to expertise mobility points, a palace supply mentioned.
Britain’s monarch, as head of state, historically appoints the brand new prime minister following an viewers at Buckingham Palace, a part of the drama of the day, when tv cameras and helicopters comply with official vehicles pulling into the palace grounds.
Each British chief has been appointed at Buckingham Palace for the reason that reign of Queen Victoria besides on one event, the BBC mentioned, citing constitutional professional Vernon Bogdanor.
The queen, who has had 14 prime ministers throughout her reign, has confronted “episodic mobility points” in latest months, forcing her to scale back her public appearances. She additionally spent an evening in hospital final October for an unspecified sickness.
In June, nevertheless, she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside her household to wave to cheering crowds at a celebration marking her record-breaking 70 years on the British throne.
On the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham final month, her son and heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles delivered a speech on her behalf. (Reporting by Michael Holden and Sachin Ravikumar, Enhancing by Paul Sandle and Kate Holton)