Queen Elizabeth will break with tradition and appoint Britain’s new prime minister at her residence at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, rather than Buckingham Palace in London, due to security problems. mobility.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said on Wednesday that the queen will meet outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his yet-to-be-decided successor on September 6 at Balmoral, where he spends the summers.
Johnson was forced to resign in July after dozens of ministers left the government in protest at his management, which has been marred by several scandals.
The 96-year-old monarch will have an audience with Britain’s new leader – Foreign Secretary Liz Truss or former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak – shortly after meeting Johnson, the spokesman said.
The result of the Conservative Party leadership contest to succeed Johnson is due to be announced on September 5, with polls showing Truss as the clear favourite.
The fact that the new leader is appointed at Balmoral will give security to the new prime minister’s agenda and avoid last-minute changes in case the queen has mobility problems, a palace source said.
Queen Elizabeth, under whose reign there have been 14 prime ministers, has had to curtail her public appearances in recent months due to such problems, and also spent a night in hospital last October for an unspecified illness.
“We will make sure that the preparations for the transfer of power are totally tailored to her and what she wants,” Johnson told Sky News.
The British monarch, as head of state, traditionally appoints the new prime minister after an audience at Buckingham Palace, this is part of the show of the day, when television cameras and helicopters follow official cars entering the compound of the palace.
All British leaders have been appointed to Buckingham Palace since Victoria’s reign except once, the BBC said, citing constitutional expert Vernon Bogdanor.
In June, the queen appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with her family to greet the cheering crowd at a celebration of her record 70 years on the British throne.