Her Majesty The Queen will invite Liz Truss to become her fifteenth Prime Minister at Balmoral on Tuesday following her recent win in the Conservative leadership election. The outgoing Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will also travel to Balmoral to tender his resignation to The Queen.
In a break from tradition, the appointment of the new Prime Minister will happen in The Queen’s Scottish retreat. Usually, a new appointment takes place at Buckingham Palace just a short trip from the Prime Minister’s London residence, 10 Downing Street. However, due to The Queen’s ongoing episodic mobility issues, arrangements were made between Number 10 and Buckingham Palace for Her Majesty to remain in Scotland and instead have the politicians travel to her.
Liz Truss will become the United Kingdom’s third female Prime Minister, all of whom have been Conservative, after the appointment of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 and Theresa May in 2016. All three female leaders have served during The Queen’s 70-year reign. Thatcher was The Queen’s first female Prime Minister and went on to win the Conservative Party three consecutive elections before being ousted by her own party in 1990. Theresa May came to power in 2016 following the resignation of David Cameron after the Brexit referendum. She too was ousted by her own party after just three years in power.
Liz Truss entered the leadership race following the resignation of Boris Johnson. Not a frontrunner at the beginning of the race, she and her rival, Rishi Sunak, were tipped to be pipped to the post by Penny Mordaunt, the grassroots favourite of the Conservative party. Ultimately, the contest came down to Truss vs Sunak and after a tiring Summer of hustings, media interviews and online appearances, the Conservative party members voted 57% to 43% in favour of Liz Truss.
Liz Truss began her political life as a staunch Liberal Democrat and at their party conference in 1994, she called for the abolition of the monarchy. Truss admitted during the contest that her political ideas developed as she grew up and when she was questioned on whether The Queen had spoken to her about her abolitionist past, she commented, “I’ve already met The Queen and she’s been far too polite to raise that issue with me. I was wrong to say what I did at the time.”
As Head of State, it is The Queen’s duty to appoint a Prime Minister to lead Her Majesty’s Government and is “one of the few remaining personal prerogatives of the Sovereign.”
Following her appointment as Prime Minister, Liz Truss is expected to quickly announce her new Cabinet before making some swift announcements on the energy and cost of living crises.