On Tuesday, the Conservative leadership election winner Liz Truss officially became Prime Minister after flying to Balmoral Castle to ask the Queen’s permission to form a new Government. Judi James, a leading television body language and behaviour expert, said that Ms Truss appeared “keen but also rather self-consciously awkward” with the Queen.
Liz Truss became the Queen’s 15th Prime Minister during her 70-year reign on the throne, as the newly appointed leader flew from London with her husband Hugh O’Leary to Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Ms Truss spent 35 minutes speaking with Her Majesty, and her husband joined the pair for the last five minutes.
Her Majesty was dressed in a grey cardigan, pale blue blouse and tartan skirt as she shook the new Prime Minister’s hand in front of a roaring fire in Balmoral Castle’s drawing room.
Following the meeting, Buckingham Palace put out a statement which read: “The Queen received in audience The Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP today and requested her to form a new administration.
“Ms Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed hands upon her appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.”
Body expert Judi James studied the meeting and said her Majesty kept a “studied distance from the new Prime Minister”.
Speaking with the Mirror, she said: “With her 19-year-old self and her apparently anti-monarchist views shoved firmly behind her in the trunk of her past, Truss’s body language here suggested she was keen but also rather self-consciously awkward to be meeting the Queen in Balmoral today.
“There is a tentative look to her body pose and the way her knees are slightly bent as her torso leans forward suggests she might even have performed at least a half-curtsey on greeting the monarch.”
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The Queen has been in Scotland since July 21 for her traditional annual holiday, and her meeting with Ms Truss has been her first public appearance in many months.
Last week, the Queen missed the Braemar Gathering, a series of Highland games that is reported to be one of her favourite events, as she is a patron of the event.
A royal source said: “The Queen’s episodic mobility problems have meant her decision to miss the Braemar Gathering has been taken for her comfort.”
GB News host Dan Wotton took to Twitter after seeing the official photographs of Her Majesty’s meeting with Ms Truss.
He wrote: “What a relief to see the 96-year-old Queen, who is battling health problems, looking happy and well, as Liz Truss officially becomes Britain’s new Prime Minister.”