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Queen Elizabeth II appoints Theresa May as her 13th Prime Minister

The Queen has appointed Theresa May as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during a private audience at Buckingham Palace.

Mrs May was summoned to the Palace following David Cameron’s resignation, and was asked whether she could command a government.

Theresa May, 59, is now the UK’s second female Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party. She will be tasked with ensuring the country leave’s the European Union whilst getting the best terms for Britain.

Mrs May is Her Majesty’s 13th Prime Minister, the first being Sir Winston Churchill many decades ago. She is also one of only three PMs who was born during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

Buckingham Palace released a statement just before 5:30pm saying: “David Cameron has tendered resignation as PM to the Queen which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept.”

David Cameron announced his resignation following the results of the EU referendum where the British public decided to leave the institution.

Earlier in the day, Mr Cameron took part in his 182nd and final Prime Minister’s Questions where the House of Commons paid tribute to the outgoing PM.

Originally, the new Prime Minister was supposed to be appointed at the beginning of September following a leadership battle.

However, on Monday the only other contender, Andrea Leadsom, dramatically dropped out of the race resulting in Mrs May receiving the keys to Number 10.

Mr Cameron is the youngest Prime Minister to leave office in around 110 years at the age of 49.

Despite all of today’s events, it was business as usual for The Queen. In the morning she undertook an engagement where she visited East Anglian Air Ambulance’s new operating base at Cambridge Airport.

Whilst there, she met staff and crew including her grandson, The Duke of Cambridge.