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Theresa May becomes United Kingdom's second woman Prime Minister

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 July 2016, 12:39 IST

Shortly after David Cameron tendered his resignation, Britain got its second woman Prime Minister - Theresa May.

According to a report in the Guardian, May paid the traditional visit to the Queen to be invited to form a government and went to the palace to "kiss hands" with her, as the ceremony is known.

In her first address as Prime Minister, May said that the mission of her government is to forge a positive role for UK in the world as it leaves the European Union.

"When we take the big calls, we will not listen to the mighty but you. We will do everything we can to help everyone. We'll make Britain a country that doesn't work for the privileged few but everyone of us. And together we'll build a better Britain. When it comes to taxes, we'll prioritise not the wealthy, but you. When it comes to opportunity, we won't entrench the advantages of the fortunate few, we will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you," she said.

Cameron had earlier congratulated May as he left 10 Downing Street for the last time with his wife and children.

Meanwhile, addressing the waiting media outside No 10 before heading to Buckingham Palace to formally resign, Cameron said, "It's not been easy journey, and of course we've not got every decision right," he said, alongside his wife, Samantha, and children Nancy, Elwen and Florence.

- With ANI inputs

First published: 14 July 2016, 12:39 IST