LIZ TRUSS was less than three days PM when she received the call she – and the country – had feared
Queen Elizabeth II was dead. Yesterday her son Charles was sworn in as our new king.
In less than a week we will have a new Prime Minister and a new monarch.
It is a constitutional upheaval unknown in modern times.
Amid the tears and tributes for a lost queen, a new national identity is forged.
And the relationship between King Charles III. and Prime Minister Truss will play a crucial role.
The Prime Minister was in her office in the House of Commons preparing for her debate on saving the cost of living on Thursday morning when she was told the Queen’s death was “imminent”.
Insiders said the mood was one of “shock, sadness and disbelief.”
She delivered her rescue speech, but rushed out of the debate early and, in preparation for the worst, wrote her tribute speech with rescuers.
It was 4:30 p.m. when she received the call confirming the Queen’s death.
A week from tomorrow, the world’s most powerful leaders will arrive in London for the Queen’s funeral.
Princes and princesses will dust off their jewelry.
Prime Ministers, Presidents and Sultans will disembark from their private jets.
It is expected to be the largest gathering of world leaders the world has ever seen.
The full view of the world will be on Charles and Ms. Truss.
How will the new king follow in his mother’s big footsteps?
Will the new PM capture the spirit of her grieving nation?
On Friday we got a glimpse of this new, fledgling partnership, a peek behind the curtain of the Constitution as cameras were allowed to capture the opening moments of the Prime Minister’s first audience with the King.
The eyes of the world are on her. How will the king follow in his mother’s great footsteps? Will the Prime Minister capture the spirit of a grieving nation?
In a rare, candid exchange, he admitted the Queen’s death was the “moment I had dreaded”.
But with the same determination to keep calm and move on that his mother had shown, he conjured up a smile and added, “But we’ll try to keep everything going.”
The death of Queen Elizabeth II has turned the country – and politics – upside down.
The government’s £150 billion cost-of-living bailout, the largest in our history, has been pushed aside and plans for a political lightning strike shelved.
Instead, the newly minted Team No. 10 is completely focused on helping their boss navigate this moment of upheaval.
Alluding to those stormy waters, the Prime Minister said during an emotional tribute in Parliament on Friday that “immediately . . . our lives have changed forever” with the Queen’s death.
Head bowed and voice somber, she said Britain must ‘show the world we are not afraid of what lies ahead’ and ‘provide loyal service to our new king’.
She continued: “The British people, the Commonwealth and all of us in this House will support him as he leads our country into a new era of hope and progress, our new Carolean age.”
They are both in very lonely roles. As Prime Minister, you are surrounded by critics and political rivals. Charles and Liz will be a great support to each other.
Robert Hazell, professor of constitutional history at University College London, said that as two newcomers, King Charles and Prime Minister Truss will be “great support for each other”.
He explained: “It’s likely that both are new to their roles and will be leaning towards each other.
“It is known that being prime minister is a very lonely job because you are surrounded by critics and political rivals and it is difficult to trust people. What is less well known is that being a monarch is also a very lonely role.”
Central to this relationship is the Prime Minister’s weekly audiences with the monarch.
Shrouded in secrecy and usually held at Buckingham Palace, it’s just the monarch and his prime minister. During her 70-year reign, the Queen welcomed 15 Prime Ministers to these audiences, beginning with Sir Winston Churchill and ending with Mrs Truss.
Sir John Major recalled him, telling the BBC: “There was a lot of entertainment, a lot of humour, there was a bit of gossip.”
He added: “There was always a word of wisdom and those meetings with the Queen have been among the better parts of a Prime Minister’s week.”
It is now up to Charles III to hold these audiences and invite his Prime Minister to exonerate herself. . . and Ms Truss has much to relieve – the cost of living crisis, strikes, Ukraine and the SNP’s threat to tear apart the Union of the UK.
The couple will be working together as early as next week as they tour Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales during the period of national mourning.
Former Theresa May chief of staff Gavin Barwell said the coming days and weeks would be a big test for the PM.
It will spark comparisons to Tony Blair, who was in office for just four months when Britain was rocked by Princess Diana’s death.
In a famous speech before a church service in his Sedgefield constituency, Mr Blair hailed her as “the people’s princess,” a phrase that resonated across the nation.
Mr Barwell said: “When Princess Diana died, Tony Blair captured that zeitgeist. Liz Truss’ team will try to make sure she hits the right note. I think she did.”
Oath of PM
Dressed in mourning black, Liz Truss holds onto the Bible and swears her allegiance to Britain’s new monarch.
The prime minister and ministers swore an oath to King Charles III yesterday. a new oath of allegiance, saying: “I . . . swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and loyal to His Majesty King Charles III, his heirs and successors according to the law. May God help me.”
Mrs. Truss and her senior ministers later met with the King for a private audience.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6193835/king-charles-iii-liz-truss-new-national-identity/ King Charles and new Prime Minister Liz Truss can forge our new national identity – the whole world will be on her