The Queen ‘will appoint Britain’s next Prime Minister at Balmoral rather than Buckingham Palace’ – Aumag
The Queen will appoint the next Prime Minister at Balmoral instead of Buckingham Palace as she continues to struggle with mobility issues, reports have suggested.
Boris Johnson has announced his resignation on September 6, when he will officially say goodbye to the Queen.
The monarch will then “invite” the winning Tory candidate – either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak – to become prime minister and announce his name.
Her Majesty, 96, was due to interrupt her holiday at the Scottish estate to attend the ceremony, but that plan has now been scrapped, according to the Sun.
It would be the first time in my memory that the so-called hand kiss has taken place outside of London or Windsor.
The newspaper reports that secret plans have been drawn up to move the ceremony to Balmoral as the Queen has been advised to avoid traveling back south for comfort reasons.
The Queen is expected to appoint the next Prime Minister at Balmoral instead of Buckingham Palace
When the official ceremony takes place in Balmoral (pictured), it will be the first time in living memory that a new Prime Minister has been appointed outside of London or Windsor
An official decision is expected to be announced next week on whether she will return to Windsor.
A source told the Sun: “The Queen has now been advised not to travel.
“But obviously nobody tells the Queen what to do and ultimately it is her decision and as we saw in her third appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony at the Jubilee, she likes surprises.
“There are parts of her role that Prince Charles can fill for her, but the Queen insists she appoints the Prime Minister.
“It might not be the best choice to have the Queen travel 1,000 miles round-trip for a 48-hour visit when the Prime Ministers can easily come to Balmoral instead.”
The last Prime Minister to shake hands with the monarch outside Buckingham Palace was Winston Churchill, who shook hands with the newly-appointed Queen at Heathrow Airport in 1952, on her return from Africa following the death of her father, King George VI.
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Herbert Asquith remains the only prime minister to take office on foreign soil, having been forced to travel to Biarritz, France, in 1908, where King Edward VII was then holidaying.
The Queen does not normally return from her Balmoral holiday until early October, but sources said she has told aid workers she will be making an exception this year and traveling to London.
The appointment as prime minister is one of the Queen’s few personal powers and, according to sources, a duty she personally wished to fulfil.
This is the latest change of plan due to health issues for Her Majesty as she continues to deal with mobility issues.
Earlier this month it was confirmed that the Queen had “cancelled her traditional reception at Balmoral” and held a small private event instead.
Sources pointed out that the change was “a sign for the future” amid Her Majesty’s episodic mobility issues.
On September 6, either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss are due to travel to Balmoral as the new prime minister.
But Buckingham Palace downplayed concerns about her health, instead saying the private event was “consistent with adjusting Her Majesty’s timetable for her well-being”.
Balmoral is said to be Her Majesty’s favorite residence, who welcomes her family to the castle during the summer months.
She has resided at Craigowan Lodge since leaving Windsor Castle for Scotland on 21 July.
It comes after a lorry carrying furniture was pictured outside Balmoral on Saturday after bringing furniture from Windsor.
Balmoral has had a number of adjustments in recent years, including Craigowan Lodge, which was upgraded with a wheelchair-accessible elevator last year.
A new security gate, state-of-the-art intercom system and a range of new CCTV cameras have also been installed.