Boris Johnson meets the Queen and breezes into Downing Street as Prime Minister

Boris Johnson has officially regained his title of Prime Minister following his historic general election success.

Mr Johnson breezed into Number 10 on Friday morning to loud cheers after meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, where he was invited to form a government after his resounding general election win.

While Jeremy Corbyn has agreed he will not lead Labour into another general election, Mr Johnson was celebrating his success after achieving the biggest Conservative majority since the 1980s.

Boris Johnson has regained his title of Prime Minister after being invited by the Queen to form a government (Picture: BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street after an audience with the Queen in which he was invited to form a Government (Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)
Mr Johnson was greeted by staff as he arrived back at 10 Downing Street (Picture: PA)

Mr Johnson was greeted at Buckingham Palace by the Queen’s Equerry-in-Waiting Lieutenant Colonel Charles Richards and her private secretary Edward Young before meeting the Queen in her private apartments.

There, following convention, the head of state invited him to form a government.


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Mr Johnson left the palace after a meeting lasting more than 35 minutes, returning to Downing Street where he walked briskly to the door of Number 10 before waving to waiting media then going inside.

In a victory speech in central London earlier on Friday after gaining an estimated majority of 78, the Prime Minister vowed to unite the country, spread opportunity and “get Brexit done”.

Boris Johnson is greeted at Buckingham Palace as he arrives to ask the Queen for permission to form a government (Picture: PA)

He said: “We did it – we pulled it off, didn’t we? We broke the gridlock, we ended the deadlock, we smashed the roadblock.”

He added: “In winning this election, we have won votes and the trust of people who have never voted Conservative before and people have always voted for other parties. Those people want change. We cannot, must not, must not, let them down.”

Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds arrive at 10 Downing Street following the Conservatives' decisive victory (Picture: REUTERS/Toby Melville)