The King is dead, long live the Queen: Cameron leaves and May enters No.10

SWNS photographers Joe Newman and Adam Gray were this week covering the latest political upheaval at Downing Street, capturing the moment David Cameron left No.10 and new Prime Minister Theresa May moved in.

In a month when the news can barely keep up with the political and institutional changes happening in the UK, Joe and Adam caught snaps of David Cameron and his family leave Downing Street for the last time. He said serving Britain was ‘the greatest honour of my life’ before visiting Buckingham Palace to officially offer his resignation to the Queen.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron leaves number 10 Downing street with his wife Samantha and their children Arthur, 10, Florence, 5, and Nancy ,12, London July 13 2016. The new Conservative leader Theresa May will take over the reins of the Government after Cameron failed to get the public backing in the EU referendum.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron leaves number 10 Downing street with his wife Samantha and their children Arthur, 10, Florence, 5, and Nancy ,12, London July 13 2016. The new Conservative leader Theresa May will take over the reins of the Government after Cameron failed to get the public backing in the EU referendum.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron leaves number 10 Downing street with his wife Samantha and their children Arthur, 10, Florence, 5, and Nancy ,12, London July 13 2016. The new Conservative leader Theresa May will take over the reins of the Government after Cameron failed to get the public backing in the EU referendum.

Earlier in the day he took his final PMQs in the House of Commons before handing the reigns of the country over to Theresa May. Mr Cameron Joked that the diary for the rest of his day was looking ‘remarkably light’.

Mr Cameron paid tribute to wife Samantha and their children, who were watching his last appearance from the public gallery and joined him for a group hug in front of No.10.  He said he would miss the ‘roar of the crowd’ and referred to his 2005 jibe at Tony Blair, saying: ‘I was the future once’

Former Prime Minister David Cameron leaves number 10 Downing street with his wife Samantha and their children Arthur, 10, Florence, 5, and Nancy ,12, London July 13 2016. The new Conservative leader Theresa May will take over the reins of the Government after Cameron failed to get the public backing in the EU referendum.

The King is Dead, Long Live the Queen: Later in the day, Theresa May entered Downing Street as the new Prime Minister following her meeting with the Queeen.

Mrs May said of David Cameron “I follow in the footsteps of a great modern Prime Minister

“The Government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few but by you.

“We won’t entrench advantages of the fortunate few. We will do everything to help you go as far as your talents can take you.

“We must fight the burning injustices. We must make Britain a country that works for everyone.

In a nod towards healing the UK divisions widened following the EU Referendum result, Mrs May added “We believe in a union not just between the nations of the UK but between all of our citizens – every one of us.”

New Prime Minister Theresa May arrives with her husband Philip at Downing Street, London. July 13, 2016.  May takes over the reins of the Government after David Cameron resigned, following his failure to get the public backing in the EU referendum.

New Prime Minister Theresa May arrives with her husband Philip at Downing Street, London. July 13, 2016. Theresa May takes over the reins of the Government after David Cameron resigned, following his failure to get the public backing in the EU referendum.

Photographers Joe Newman and Adam Gray‘s images were shown in several print and online newspapers.  You can see a few of them here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3688532/Leaving-Downing-Street-time-David-Cameron-flanked-Sam-three-children-say-final-goodbye-heads-tender-resignation-Queen.html


 

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