Boris Johnson Recalls His Final Audience With Queen Elizabeth

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recounted his final assembly with Queen Elizabeth II, saying she was “bright” and “focused” within the days earlier than her demise regardless of being visibly unwell.

“She was actively focused on geopolitics, on U.K. politics, quoting statesmen from the ’50s. It was quite extraordinary,” Johnson advised the BBC in an interview broadcast Monday, including that it was “shocking” to listen to of her demise simply two days after they met.

Johnson stated the queen was “clearly not well” throughout their assembly, which he stated was a “moving” reminder of her unrelenting dedication to public service, even in her ultimate days.

“I just thought how incredible that her sense of duty had kept her going in the way that it had. And, given how ill she obviously was, how amazing that she should be so, so bright and so focused,” Johnson stated. “It was a pretty emotional time.”

Queen Elizabeth held weekly audiences with the sitting prime minister, along with her reign spanning the phrases of 15 U.Ok. leaders, in accordance with The Guardian. Following her demise on Thursday at Balmoral Fortress in Scotland, this function passes to her successor, King Charles III.

The U.Ok’s new prime minister Liz Truss held her first viewers with the king on Friday.

Johnson met with the queen on Tuesday in Balmoral to formally supply his resignation after Truss received the Tory Management contest to succeed him as subsequent Conservative Get together chief and take over because the nation’s new prime minister. Later that day, the queen appointed Truss to take his place.

Johnson introduced in July he would step down amid a slew of scandals, together with holding events breaking coronavirus restrictions, and misconduct allegations of a high aide that prompted the resignations of over 50 ministers.