The Prime Minister, Liz Truss, will lead tributes to Queen Elizabeth II in the House of Commons from 12pm on Friday. Both Houses of Parliament will sit from 12pm – 10pm on Friday to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen. Both Houses will also sit on Saturday 10th September.
The tributes in the House of Commons will come just hours after Liz Truss chaired a special Cabinet meeting at Downing Street giving members of her Cabinet the chance to pay their own tributes to Queen Elizabeth II.
Many members of the Cabinet, who were only appointed this week, were spotted going into Number 10 Downing Street early this morning. Business Secretary, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Education Secretary, Kit Malthouse, were spotted entering Number 10.
A Number 10 spokesperson commented, “The only item on the agenda is paying tribute to the Queen.”
Liz Truss was only appointed as Queen Elizabeth II’s fifteenth Prime Minister on Tuesday 6th September and this meeting became the last public appearance of Her Majesty.
In the Commons from midday, it is also expected that Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, the Speaker of the House, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, will also pay their own tributes. Former Prime Ministers, Boris Johnson and Theresa May, are also expected to speak.
Liz Truss addressed the nation just minutes after it was announced that Queen Elizabeth II had died. Speaking from the steps of Downing Street, Liz Truss said, “Britain is the great country it is today because of her. She is the very spirit of Britain, and that spirit will endure.”