Liz Truss became Britain’s next Prime Minister after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, who had requested a new government.
Truss, 47, took office on Tuesday in a carefully prepared ceremony with the monarch, a day after the ruling Conservative Party announced that Truss had been elected her leader.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement that “The Queen has today requested to receive Senator Elizabeth Truss from the audience to form a new administration.”
“When Truss was appointed Prime Minister and First Minister of the Treasury, he accepted His Majesty’s offer and kissed her hand,” he added.
Her predecessor, Boris Johnson, officially resigned during an audience with her Queen on the estate of Balmoral in Scotland.
Prime Minister Johnson said in his tenure speech earlier on Tuesday that his policies gave the people economic power to navigate the energy crisis.
“I’m like one of those booster rockets that’s done its job,” Johnson said before stepping out of Downing Street for the last time he took office.
“I will now gently re-enter the atmosphere, bouncing invisibly into remote and obscure corners of the Pacific Ocean.”
On Monday, the Conservative’s 172,000 members elected Truss as party leader.
On Tuesday afternoon, she is expected to deliver her first speech as the leader of a nation of 67 million, anxious about soaring energy rates and the coming winter of recession and labor insecurity.
These problems have worsened over the past two months as Johnson has not been empowered to make major policy decisions after announcing his plans to resign.
Truss presented some details about his policy to Conservative lawmakers on Monday, but promised to “communicate” about the economic, energy crisis and overextended health care system.
Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan, reporting from London, said the political tempo would immediately accelerate if Truss took a seat behind the prime minister’s desk.
“A pressing matter is calling for attention. At 10 Downing Street, the top priority is undoubtedly the UK’s deepening cost of living crisis, with gas and electricity costs at the heart of it,” he said.
“IMF data shows that the UK is being hit harder than other Western European countries by the massive rise in oil prices. In 2021, the average UK household would pay around $1,400 a year for energy. By early next year, the average bill could reach $7,600 per year.”
“That means fuel poverty for millions of people. The new prime minister said he had plans.”
On Sunday, Truss promised to unveil a plan to tackle the cost of living crisis within a week.