Break with tradition: Queen welcomes new Prime Minister in Scotland

break with tradition
Queen welcomes new prime minister in Scotland

Health problems force the British monarch to make changes to the so-called hand kissing ceremony. That is why she wants to meet the new head of government for the first time on her Scottish estate.

For the first time, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will receive her country’s future head of government not in London, but at her residence in Balmoral, Scotland. Buckingham Palace said the reason was the 96-year-old monarch’s ongoing “mobility problems”. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s successor will present himself to the Queen next Tuesday.

It is the first time the so-called hand-kissing ceremony has not taken place at Buckingham Palace since Prime Minister Winston Churchill received the newly crowned Queen at Heathrow Airport in 1952. Actually, the monarch should interrupt her summer vacation at Balmoral for the event. But since last October, the 96-year-old has been plagued by health problems and is finding it increasingly difficult to walk.

Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson will also arrive in Balmoral on Tuesday to officially submit his resignation. The second round for his successor to his conservative party runs until September 2, the winner will be announced on Monday. Current foreign minister Liz Truss is well ahead of her rival, former finance minister Rishi Sunak, in the polls.

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