Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss makes first address to the British public outside No. 10 Downing Street after she was formally appointed Boris Johnson’s successor by Queen Elizabeth II.
Liz Truss has promised that Britain would see sunnier days ahead despite the current economic gloom, as she made her first speech as prime minister after taking over from Boris Johnson.
Heavy rain and thunder forced supporters of the country’s third female prime minister to scramble for cover as they waited for her to arrive in Downing Street on Tuesday.
But the clouds lifted as the 47-year-old former foreign secretary’s motorcade swept in, and she vowed that the country would “ride out the storm” of soaring energy prices.
“I will take action this week to deal with energy bills and to secure our future energy supply,” she said.
“As strong as the storm may be, I know that the British people are stronger,” she added, outlining her priorities as the economy, energy and health.
Earlier in the day, Truss officially become Britain’s new prime minister, at an audience with head of state Queen Elizabeth II after the resignation of Johnson.
🤝 The Queen received Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle today.
Her Majesty asked her to form a new Administration. Ms. Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and was appointed Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. pic.twitter.com/klRwVvEOyc
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 6, 2022
Truss 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 queen received in audience the right honourable Elizabeth Truss MP today and requested her to form a new administration,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
“Ms Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed hands upon her appointment as prime minister.
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.
Truss was announced winner of an internal vote of Conservative party members on Monday after a gruelling contest that began in July.
The appointments are due to be finalised before she hosts her first cabinet meeting and faces questions in parliament on Wednesday.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng is expected to become finance minister, with Attorney General Suella Braverman moved to home secretary, and James Cleverly to foreign affairs.
If confirmed, it would mean no white men in any of Britain’s four main ministerial posts for the first time ever.
I am honoured to be elected Leader of the Conservative Party.
Thank you for putting your trust in me to lead and deliver for our great country.
I will take bold action to get all of us through these tough times, grow our economy, and unleash the United Kingdom’s potential. pic.twitter.com/xCGGTJzjqb
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) September 5, 2022