13 July 2016
Standing in front of No. 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain’s Prime Ministers, David Cameron, at 4pm on July 13, flanked by his wife Samantha and their three children, Nancy, Elwyn and Florence, delivered his final address as Prime Minister of Britain after six years of service to the country.
In his speech, Cameron stated: “I’m delighted that for the second time in British history, the new Prime Minister will be a woman and once again a conservative,” referring to Theresa May who has taken appointment as the new Prime Minister upon Cameron’s exit, and alluding to Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female Prime Minister in 1979.
Following his address, Cameron stood at the door of No. 10 Downing Street for a final group photograph and hug with his family and waved goodbye before leaving for Buckingham Palace where he handed over his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, who then summoned Theresa May to the palace in order to confirm her as the new Prime Minister, signifying the end of a government and the beginning of another.
The palace issued a royal statement on Cameron’s resignation which read: “The Right Honourable David Cameron MP had an Audience of The Queen this evening and tendered his resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept.”
Immediately following Cameron’s resignation, Theresa May was appointed Prime Minister and was invited by the Queen to form a new government, as David Cameron’s twitter bio changed to ‘former’ Prime Minister and MP for Witney.
May is the 13th Prime Minister of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
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