State & Ceremonial

The Queen appoints Boris Johnson as Prime Minister

Boris Johnson
BBC News

The Queen has formally appointed Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after he assured Her Majesty that he can command a majority in the House of Commons.

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is The Queen’s 14th Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.

Mr Johnson was appointed to the role just a matter of minutes after Theresa May tendered her resignation to The Queen on Tuesday afternoon.

After the kissing of the hands, Mr Johnson left Buckingham Palace as the United Kingdom’s 55th Prime Minister and arrived at his new home, 10 Downing Street, where he addressed the nation.

A Buckingham Palace statement read: “The Queen received in Audience The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP this afternoon and requested him to form a new Administration.

“Mr Johnson accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed hands upon his appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.”