The Queen was given advanced warning of the early General Election on Monday after the Prime Minister telephoned her to inform the monarch of the news.
On Wednesday, the UK Parliament will vote on whether to call a snap General Election. All political parties have indicated that they will vote with the government to call an election, thus the motion will pass.
Once passed, the Prime Minister will travel to Buckingham Palace to request that The Queen dissolves Parliament in order for MPs and political parties to start campaigning.
Parliament will likely dissolve on May 3rd, ensuring all parties have over a month to canvass voters.
Buckingham Palace has made no statement on what the monarch’s reaction is to the news of an early election.
It is possible that in just under two months time, The Queen could be appointing her 14th Prime Minister in her 65-year reign.
Mrs May said that she has called an election as Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the triggering of Article 50 to leave the European Union.
The Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that he welcomes an early election.
The Prime Minister has previously said that she would not hold a General Election until the next scheduled date in 2020.
In order to hold a snap election, Mrs May must get the backing of Parliament due to the Fixed Terms Parliament Act.
There are lots of issues that will be dominating the election campaign, including Brexit, Scottish Independence and the rise of popularism in world politics.
In a speech outside Downing Street on Tuesday morning, Mrs May said: “At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division.
“The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.
“In recent weeks Labour has threatened to vote against the deal we reach with the European Union.
“The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill.
“The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union.
“And unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.”