July 24, 2019 / 2:57 PM / a month ago

Boris Johnson formally becomes Britain's new prime minister

Britain's new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, delivers a speech outside Downing Street, in London, Britain July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - Boris Johnson took office as Britain’s new prime minister on Wednesday.

“The Queen received in audience The Right Honorable Boris Johnson MP this afternoon and requested him to form a new administration,” Buckingham Palace said.

“Mr Johnson accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed hands upon his appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury,” it added.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison

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