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King Charles to meet Rishi Sunak at Buckingham Palace as General Election speculation ramps up

The King will hold an audience with the Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace amidst a frenzy of speculation that a General Election is about to be called.

Rishi Sunak will hold a meeting of his cabinet this afternoon, before heading to Buckingham Palace for his weekly audience with the monarch.

Although it is not unusual in itself for The King to meet with his Prime Minister, Westminster is rife with speculation that Mr Sunak will ask The King to dissolve Parliament at the meeting.

Cabinet ministers have cancelled engagements and all TV appearances in order to attend the cabinet meeting to be held in Whitehall at 4pm.

Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron has cut short his visit to Albania, with Defence Secretary Grant Shapps also altering his overseas diary.

If the Prime Minister advises The King to dissolve Parliament, it is likely the date of the General Election will be July 4.