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British Royals

The Queen to stay at Balmoral to receive new Prime Minister

The Queen will receive her new Prime Minister at Balmoral for the first time in her 70 year reign.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Her Majesty will remain at her Scottish retreat for the transition of power from Boris Johnson to his successor.

Earlier this summer, as Mr Johnson confirmed he would be resigning as Prime Minister, it had been indicated that The Queen would make a 1,000 mile round trip from Balmoral to Buckingham Palace and back again to be in London to receive him for a final time before asking the new Conservative leader to form a government.

However, it’s just been announced that the outgoing Prime Minister and his successor – either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak – will make the trip to the Scottish Highlands for the brief meetings which signal a change of power.

After bidding her fourteenth Prime Minister farewell, The Queen will ask the person chosen by the Conservative party to form a government and the traditional ”kissing of hands” will take place, although only symbolically. Photos of the meetings will be released afterwards.

It’s not the first time that a new Prime Minister has been appointed away from London. The Queen’s great grandfather, King Edward VII, was on holiday when Herbert Henry Asquith unexpectedly found himself as Prime Minister. He travelled to Biarritz in the south of France to meet the king there so that the transition of power wasn’t held up.

The Conservative Party will announce the results of its leadership ballot on September 5th 2022 and the new Prime Minister will be at Balmoral on September 5th 2022.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.