Mary Elizabeth Truss of Britain’s Conservative Party–known to the public as Liz Truss–has succeeded Boris Johnson as the UK’s prime minister as of today (Sept. 6). Truss’ status was made official after being formally appointed by Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle, Scotland in a ceremony known as the “kissing of the hands”–a British constitutional term that refers to the installation of Crown-appointed ministers. Truss formerly served as Johnson’s foreign secretary.
One of the most controversial world leaders, Boris Johnson, has officially declared his resignation as Prime Minister of the UK, saying that he will leave office once his replacement has been determined. The straw that broke the camel’s back, after years of scandal surrounding the Prime Minister, was the resignation of 44 Conservative Party ministers and aides in wake of Johnson’s statement about ignoring Chris Pincher’s sexual misconduct allegations.
After nearly 400 years, Barbados cut its last ties with the British monarchy. In a ceremony on Monday night, the nation removed Queen Elizabeth II as head of the state and inaugurated its first-ever president.