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The Queen is not going to journey to London to nominate the brand new prime minister subsequent week. Instead, it was introduced yesterday, she’s going to conduct the ceremony at Balmoral – elevating recent issues for her well being.
It would be the first time in her 70-year reign that the Queen is not going to obtain a brand new prime minister at Buckingham Palace. She has appointed all 14 of her earlier PMs there however her latest mobility issues imply she’s going to stay in Aberdeenshire, the place she is on her summer season break.
Either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak – the winner of the Tory management contest will likely be introduced on Monday – will make the 1,000-mile spherical journey to the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday to be requested to kind a authorities.
Boris Johnson will go there earlier within the day to formally tender his resignation to the Queen.
The Daily Mail understands that Mr Johnson will depart London early on Tuesday, giving a farewell speech exterior No 10 at round 8.30am. Accompanied by senior officers, he will likely be flown to Scotland on the smaller of the Government’s official planes.
After resigning, he’ll make his personal approach residence from Balmoral, a nine-and-a-half hour journey by automobile, 45 minutes by non-public jet or 90 minutes by scheduled British Airways service from Aberdeen.
Queen Elizabeth II welcoming the newly-elected chief of the Conservative celebration Boris Johnson throughout an viewers in Buckingham Palace, London in 2019
It was introduced yesterday, the Queen will conduct the ceremony at Balmoral (pictured) – elevating recent issues for her well being
Meanwhile, Miss Truss – if, as anticipated, she wins – will make her personal approach to Scotland.
Once appointed prime minister, she’s going to fly again on the Government aircraft whereas officers temporary her on probably the most pressing priorities, together with the nation’s nuclear codes.
She will then give a speech exterior No 10 at round 4pm earlier than beginning the method of forming her authorities which is able to contain the appointment of latest ministers and a cupboard.
Then on the Wednesday, earlier than she has her first conflict with the Labour chief of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, she’s going to meet along with her new group at 9am, in line with the Sun.
Initially it had been supposed that the Queen would journey from Balmoral to London for the handover.
But there have been fears that if she had been to be experiencing what Buckingham Palace has referred to as her ‘episodic mobility issue’ subsequent week, different preparations would have wanted to have been made on the last minute.
It is known the choice to remain at Balmoral was taken at this stage to offer certainty for the outgoing and incoming prime ministers to allow them to plan their day.
Mr Johnson mentioned preparations for the handover had been being tailor-made to ensure they suited the 96-year-old monarch.
He sidestepped a query on when he last spoke to her and if he was involved that she wouldn’t be coming to London for the handover, saying: ‘I don’t discuss my conversations with the Queen, no prime minister ever does. But I can inform you we will definitely guarantee that the preparations for the handover will match completely round her and no matter she desires.’
Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt mentioned: ‘The fact officials can’t ensure the Queen will likely be nicely sufficient to journey subsequent week is one more reminder of her superior age and rising frailty.
‘Despite this, the Queen remains determined to carry out her core duties. Appointing a new prime minister is not something that can easily be passed to Prince Charles, a king-in-waiting.’
After a brand new PM has been appointed, the Court Circular will document that ‘the Prime Minister kissed hands on appointment’. This will not be actually the case and it’s normally a handshake. In reality, any precise kissing of palms would happen at a Privy Council assembly. That is anticipated to be the next day however it could be held just about.
The Queen has confronted well being points since last autumn. In March, she missed the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, In May, she missed the State Opening of Parliament, which Prince Charles performed in her place.
She now often makes use of a strolling stick, however was in a position to seem on the Buckingham Palace balcony for her Platinum Jubilee in June.
However, she was not in a position to attend the normal summer season Palace backyard events or the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Power in a handshake
The new prime minister would be the fifteenth of the Queen’s reign, after Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, Sir Edward Heath, James Callaghan, Baroness Thatcher, Sir John Major, Sir Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson.
As head of state, it’s her constitutional responsibility to nominate the PM, who leads Her Majesty’s Government – though, in fact, the monarch doesn’t select who runs the nation.
Mr Johnson’s ultimate responsibility is anticipated to be to advise the Queen who has sufficient help to kind the following authorities – both Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak, relying on the Tory management race. Although they are going to be introduced as chief on Monday, they don’t turn out to be PM till they’ve met the Queen.
HM The Queen Elizabeth II receives Prime Minister Tony Blair Friday May 6, 2005, at Buckingham Palace after the Labour Party gained a historic third time period in workplace – however with a diminished majority
Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an viewers to ask him to be the following Prime Minister following the 2010 General Election
Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Theresa May in the beginning of an viewers in Buckingham Palace, London, the place she invited the previous Home Secretary to turn out to be Prime Minister and kind a brand new authorities
Just for as soon as, The Queen is placing her well being earlier than responsibility. That she’s going to now appoint a brand new PM in Balmoral plainly signifies her household, her advisers and her medical doctors have urged her to keep away from the upheaval of a 1,000-mile spherical journey, writes ROBERT HARDMAN
The last politician to be summoned to Balmoral to turn out to be prime minister was not precisely thrilled. ‘This is “being sent for” with a vengeance,’ complained the Marquess of Salisbury in June 1885 after receiving a telegram ordering him to make haste to Scotland to be appointed by Queen Victoria.
She was simply 66, three many years youthful than our 96-year-old monarch. Yet Victoria noticed no purpose to interrupt her Scottish sojourn. After all, she had appointed two earlier PMs on the Isle of Wight moderately than go away Osborne House.
Her son, Edward VII, was much more demanding after his third prime minister, a dying Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, resigned in 1908.
Herbert Asquith was the successor however he needed to journey to the King’s suite on the Hotel du Palais within the French seaside resort of Biarritz to take workplace.
Next week’s handover is a wholly completely different matter. Everyone accepts that our longest-lived, longest-reigning monarch – now the world’s oldest head of state – has been the unfailing exemplar of public service. If, after 70 years on the throne, she continues to endure from ‘episodic mobility issues’, then how can any politician grumble a few day journey to Deeside?
In 1969 the TV occasion of the 12 months was a documentary referred to as Royal Family, which was a behind-the-scenes take a look at the hitherto unseen world of Britain’s first household. The Queen meets the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson. It was the primary time the non-public assembly between the monarch and her Prime Minister was captured on movie
Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at a ball to have a good time the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference hosted by President Kenneth Kaunda in Lusaka, Zambia, October 1979
The solely purpose that we’re already being instructed the plans for subsequent Tuesday’s handover is exactly to minimise any inconvenience. If two prime ministers (outgoing and incoming) are to be summoned north to Deeside, then they need to at the very least be given loads of discover as a way to plan accordingly.
Besides, the Queen will desire a speedy transition. In the absence of a PM, all government energy resides along with her and he or she gained’t need to be left working the nation, in its current state, for greater than an hour or two. The information does, nevertheless, increase recent issues about Her Majesty’s situation. For, till just some weeks in the past, there had been a really completely different schedule.
My understanding, from these intently concerned, was that the Queen was decided to move south, in a single day, within the Royal Train to spend two days in London.
Her intention was not merely to nominate a brand new prime minister but additionally to swear in new Cabinet ministers. She was adamant that this needs to be accomplished in London in order that ‘the business of government’ ought to proceed as swiftly and easily as attainable. Even Windsor was not an choice.
As one Government supply put it: ‘She did not want the TV news helicopters showing ministers sitting in traffic on the M4 on her account.’
London would additionally restrict the danger of disruption from protesters (who had a go when Boris Johnson was on his approach to be appointed in 2019). No monarch has been as conscientious about performing this ritual within the capital.
In February 1974, she felt obliged to chop quick a tour of Australia to return to London after Ted Heath had referred to as a snap election (a choice which brought about nice offence in Australia).
That the Queen has tailored her plans now plainly signifies greater than a change of thoughts. Rather, it means that her household, her advisers and, extra importantly, her medical doctors have urged her to not topic herself to the upheaval of a 1,000-mile spherical journey when there isn’t a constitutional or reputational concern at stake.
Queen Elizabeth II visits British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (1894 – 1986), Chancellor of Oxford University, in Oxford, 4th November 1960. They are climbing the steps of the Clarendon Building
British prime minister James Callaghan (left) with Queen Elizabeth II on his arrival at Windsor Castle for lunch
I’m instructed that she has no new or particular medical situation. She is in wonderful spirits and has liked being surrounded by household over latest weeks. Balmoral has been a superb restorative – as it at all times is. However, she continues to seek out it tougher to maneuver round comfortably.
As her Platinum Jubilee celebrations confirmed, even a comparatively quick journey, just like the one from Windsor to London and again, can tire her out for a number of days.
There can be an necessary query of dignity. She loves being Queen and has a really clear thought of what folks anticipate of their Queen. ‘She just wants to look the part,’ says a pal.
She is definitely not in hiding. There will likely be a photographer and a tv digital camera in attendance subsequent week to seize the proceedings at Balmoral.
However, she will definitely look extra regal and composed if she merely has to stroll from her sitting room to the library, in acquainted tartan-draped surrounds, moderately than weave her approach across the refurbishment works and summer season vacationers at Buckingham Palace the morning after an in a single day practice journey.
So, Balmoral will probably be. In reality, Mr Johnson doesn’t have to be there since there’s a precedent for PMs to resign by letter. Clearly, he feels that it’s his responsibility to resign in particular person. As now we have seen, there may be additionally a precedent for monarchs to nominate PMs exterior London, the last being the Queen’s grandfather, George V, who appointed Ramsay MacDonald at Windsor.
Thanks to the pandemic, there may be additionally now a longtime precedent for swearing in Privy Counsellors and Cabinet ministers by video hyperlink.
As for the following occupant of No 10, it’s secure to say that he or she can have a much less traumatic time than the last PM to be appointed at Balmoral. As Andrew Roberts notes in his biography, Salisbury: Victorian Titan, the Tory statesman was so determined to keep away from reporters that he parked himself alone and incognito in a third-class carriage.
The third Marquess of Salisbury calculated – efficiently – that it was the one place nobody would anticipate finding an aristocratic statesman en path to see Queen Victoria.