UK’s former foreign secretary, Liz Truss has officially become Britain’s new prime minister after the resignation of Boris Johnson at an audience with head of state Queen Elizabeth II.
The 47 years old was seen in an official photograph shaking hands with the monarch to accept her offer to form a new government and become the 15th prime minister of her 70-year reign.
The symbolic ceremony took place at the sovereign’s remote Balmoral retreat in the Scottish Highlands, as the queen, 96, was deemed unfit to return to London due to ill health.
Meanwhile, the Buckingham palace also released a statement to that effect.
The statement read,
“The queen received in audience the right honourable Elizabeth Truss MP today and requested her to form a new administration.”
“Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed hands upon her appointment as prime minister.”
Truss will become the conservatives’ fourth prime minister since a 2015 election and is also UK’s third female prime minister, after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.