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Queen Elizabeth Meets with Boris Johnson, the U.K.'s New Prime Minister

The British monarch delayed her trip to Scotland to have an audience with the newly elected Johnson.
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Queen Elizabeth just met with newly-minted Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It's customary for new prime ministers to have an audience with the British monarch and kiss her hand, after they assume the role.

Johnson is fourteenth prime minister that the Queen has worked alongside since she ascended the throne in 1952, and first met with Winston Churchill. She has previously spent time with him on several occasions, particularly during his tenure as the mayor of London.

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The Queen speaks with Johnson (then foreign secretary) at a Buckingham Palace reception in 2018.
Photo by WPA POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

Earlier in the day, the British monarch held her final audience with the previous prime minister, Theresa May. Buckingham Palace released a statement following their meeting. It read: "The Right Honourable Theresa May MP had an Audience of The Queen this afternoon and tendered her resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept."

In order to meet with Johnson and May, however, the British monarch had to delay her travel schedule. Traditionally, she decamps to Balmoral Castle in Scotland for several weeks at the end of the summer—and her time away was slated to begin this past weekend, until it became clear that she was needed in London to greet the new prime minister.

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A view of Balmoral Castle.
Photo by TIM GRAHAM / GETTY IMAGES.

According to Vanity Fair, the Queen is now planning to start her journey north at the end of this week. She'll stay there until early October, when she'll get back to royal business as usual.

Balmoral is famously the Queen's favorite royal residence. "I think Granny is the most happy there," Princess Eugenie explained in the documentary Our Queen At Ninety. "I think she really, really loves the Highlands."

The castle's remoteness gives the family some privacy, but they also enjoy living a simpler lifestyle in their Scottish abode. The royals "act as normal people—to a point," Lord Lichfield, a former royal photographer, said in 1972. "Lunch is always outdoors and they are outside every day going on expeditions."

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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