Balmoral is where she spends her traditional summer vacation, and the new plans mean the next prime minister will be the one to make the 1,000-mile round trip, rather than the other way around.
“It’s a very important change because if the Queen could travel, she would,” said Craig Prescott, an expert in constitutional law and politics at Bangor University in Wales. “It’s an indication of her mobility issues, and a next step on that journey we’re about to take, where the Queen is doing less and less.”
Who she will meet has not yet been determined.
Following the announcement of Johnson’s resignation last month, the ruling Conservative Party is currently electing a new leader. The winner will be announced on Monday and will become the next British Prime Minister.
The party’s 200,000 or so members are currently voting between Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, and Rishi Sunak, the former finance minister – with Truss the clear favorite based on polls.
The winner will be the 15th British leader of Elizabeth’s government, with all others appointed to Buckingham Palace.
It is a dramatic, choreographed event in which the outgoing leader travels through central London to the palace, in a black government car flanked by a police column and followed by television news helicopters.
Once the outgoing leader has taken care of their resignation and left the Queen’s residence, the successor arrives in their own car and is formally asked by the Sovereign to form a government. (The constitutional monarch has no real political power, but this is one of their remaining “privileges.”)