Queen Elizabeth II will receive the new head of the British government at her Scottish country estate in Balmoral.
British news agency PA reported on Wednesday, citing a Buckingham Palace spokesman, that the monarch would first welcome outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to an audience next Tuesday and then his successor. According to all polls, it is likely to be the current Secretary of State, Liz Truss.
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During his time as a young politician with the Liberal Democrats, he spoke in favor of the abolition of the monarchy. Truss now belongs to the hard-conservative wing of the Tory party and is a self-proclaimed advocate of the monarchy.
The fact that the audience will be at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands, where the Queen is currently spending her summer vacation, instead of Buckingham Palace in London, is highly unusual. The decision should address concerns about the 96-year-old’s health.
Handover can be made more difficult
There are 800 kilometers between Downing Street and the seat of government at Balmoral Castle and this can make handing over to the government quite complicated. Asked about the details of the unusual change in protocol, Johnson said he never spoke about his discussions with the Queen.
But everything will be done to ensure that the handover takes place in a manner that best suits the emperor.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Elizabeth II has largely returned to her palace in the small town of Windsor, where her husband Prince Philip died in April 2021.
Last October, the Queen had to spend a night in hospital due to unspecified complaints, making less public appearances since then. She usually uses a stick or, as at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, lets herself roll around in a golf cart.
Responsible Decisions for Planning Security
More often than not, his son, the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, represents him in important official appointments. He first took his place at the inauguration of Parliament in May and in his place read out the government’s program for the upcoming session.
During the four-day celebrations for her 70th birth anniversary in June, the Queen made only two brief appearances to her thousands of followers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. However, she is always smiling and in a good mood at all the public events.
As per the information of the PA, the decision has already been taken to ensure the safety plan for the coming week. This is to avoid changing plans at the last minute in case the Queen has problems with the long journey. (DPA, AFP)
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