Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will meet new prime minister at Balmoral

By Thomson Reuters Aug 31, 2022 | 5:38 AM

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson as well as his successor on Sept. 6 at her Balmoral Castle residence in Scotland, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said on Wednesday.

The queen would usually meet a new prime minister at Buckingham Palace in London. The meeting at Balmoral, where the queen spends her summers, is a break from tradition and comes as the 96-year-old monarch experiences mobility issues.

The queen has also been reducing her public appearances in recent months.

She will have an audience with Britain’s new prime minister – either Foreign Secretary Liz Truss or former finance minister Rishi Sunak – shortly after meeting with Johnson, the spokesperson said.

The winner of the contest to succeed Johnson as prime minister is set to be announced on Sept. 5.

(Reporting by Michael Holden and Sachin Ravikumar, Editing by Paul Sandle)