Sunday, 18 September 2016

A royal welcome for a new prime minister

The Queen has welcomed Theresa May to Balmoral
(photo Marc Proudfoot via Flickr)

The new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has been welcomed to Balmoral and there was a right royal turnout for her debut at this regal residence. As expected, the Prime Minister met the Queen but there were plenty of other members of the House of Windsor there to say hello to the politician who took the keys to Number 10 in July.

Theresa May and her husband. Philip, spent the weekend at the Queen's Scottish retreat. The only glimpse of them we got was as they drove away from Crathie church where they had attended a service today with several members of the Royal Family.


The Queen, along with Prince Philip, traditionally hosts the Prime Minister and their spouse for a weekend at Balmoral as autumn begins and memories of summer begin to fly away. The not so balmy weeks of late June and July will take some forgetting for Theresa May who began them as Home Secretary and who, following the Brexit vote, became the resident of Number 10 Downing Street in a speed that surprised many. Now almost two months into her premiership, Mrs May had royal tradition to keep up with.


 The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were also present as they spent time at Balmoral as the Scottish royal summer holidays came to an end. 


 The new Prime Minister wasn't the only person whose presence at Balmoral got everyone talking. Princess Eugenie, third granddaughter of the Queen and seventh in line to the throne, was also there. On the same day, the Sunday Express reported that she had been talking to her granny about a possible marriage to Jack Brooksbank. There was no sign of her partner as she left Crathie church driven by cousin, Prince Harry.


We know very little about what went on in Balmoral but this visit by Theresa May is another staging post at the start of her premiership. And then it was back to work. 

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