Elizabeth II will receive Boris Johnson’s successor in Scotland

WPA Pool/Getty Images Due to declining health, Queen Elizabeth II will break an old tradition and welcome the new Prime Minister of Britain at her Scottish residence rather than Buckingham Palace (photo taken on June 30 in Scotland and the Queen is shown with her son, Prince Charles).

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Due to declining health, Queen Elizabeth II will break an old tradition and welcome the new Prime Minister of Britain at her Scottish residence rather than Buckingham Palace (photo taken on June 30 in Scotland and the Queen is shown with her son, Prince Charles).

UNITED KINGDOM – This is the first of the 70-year reign of Elizabeth II, 96 years old. As a new Prime Minister of the UK will be named to replace Boris Johnson, the 96-year-old Queen, in declining health, will host the chosen one next week at her Scottish residence of Balmoral, where he now lives. Usually, this meeting takes place at Buckingham Palace in London.

Due to his increasing difficulty in getting around, the press is thinking about the return of the monarch with unparalleled longevity in the capital for the announcement, on Monday, September 5, of the succession of Boris Johnson in 10 Downing Street.

In this race, which is gradually reduced to two finalists, the head of diplomacy Liz Truss is considered the big favorite to win the internal elections for the ruling Conservative Party against the former finance minister Rishi Sunak.

Simplified protocol

The palace confirmed on Wednesday August 31 that the codified choreography surrounding the change of Prime Minister will be changed. On Tuesday, Boris Johnson will travel first to Balmoral, where the Queen usually spends the end of the summer, to formally hand in his resignation. He will be followed by his successor, a spokesman said.

This decision was presented as a way to facilitate the organization of the transfer of power for the Prime Minister’s agenda, avoiding final changes.

In a context of a serious cost of living crisis that has caused unprecedented strikes since the 1980s when Margaret Thatcher was in power, but also of the war in Ukraine, this is the first formal contact between Queen, Head of State, and his 15th Prime. Minister.

He holds a weekly audience with the head of ‘Her Majesty’s Government’, which has mostly been held by phone since the start of the covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Since then, he has retired to Windsor Castle, in the western suburbs. in London, where her husband Philip died in April 2021 just before her 100th birthday.

Brief appearances during his Jubilee

Since a night in the hospital almost a year ago for unspecified tests, the queen appeared more rarely due to problems with circulation. He has delegated more and more of his functions to his son Charles, who notably gave the speech from the throne to Parliament in May for the first time, one of his most important ceremonial functions.

In early June, Britain celebrated for four days the 70-year reign of Elizabeth II, who is the world’s oldest sitting monarch. He remained almost absent in this platinum jubilee, showing himself briefly on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of tens of thousands of people gathered for the most popular monarch.

A few weeks ago on the other hand, he appeared several times for public appearances in Scotland, appearing smiling and carrying a cane during the armed forces parade in Edinburgh at the end of June.

He was received the next day by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who announced earlier his intention to organize a new independence referendum. The sovereign was then filmed without a cane, which became very rare.

See also at the HuffPost: Elizabeth II appeared for the last time on her jubilee after the parade with her hologram

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