Royal ruin: How Boris Johnson will thwart the Queen’s summer plans

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner in the race for Number 10, is widely expected to be announced as the new Tory leader on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Theresa May will travel to Buckingham Palace to officially tender her resignation to the Queen. One hour later, Boris will follow suit – expected at Buckingham Palace around 4pm on Wednesday, where the Queen will invite him to form a Government.

After that, Mr Johnson will be able to make his first official speed as Prime Minister and enter Number 10 for the first time at the top.

But this has all come at an inconvenient time for the 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth.

Last week, Her Majesty was supposed to leave London and travel to Balmoral in Scotland for her annual summer break.

She was forced to alter her schedule as her team felt it wouldn’t make sense for her to travel 500 miles to the Highlands and back again in such a short space of time.

So instead she remains in London, while her husband Prince Philip is thought to have gone ahead to Balmoral with her.

But this isn’t the only imposition Mr Johnson is set to make on the Queen.

Speculation is mounting he could ask her to prorogue Parliament after the motion was voted down in the House of Commons last week.

Only the Queen can suspend Parliament but asking her to do so without the backing of the House would politicise her role in a manner not seen for centuries.

Some of Mr Johnson’s opponents also have plans to involve the Queen in their attempts to get around a no deal Brexit, which some fear would be disastrous for the UK.

The BBC learned a group of senior Tory rebels are plotting to ask the Queen to intervene before a no deal Brexit happens by default.

And the plan would see the Queen making the most drastic step of her almost 70-year reign, should it go ahead.

The ‘humble address’, if passed, would state the Queen would be asked to exercise her right as head of state if the new Prime Minister ignored a vote rejecting no deal.

This would see the 93-year-old monarch forced to travel to the next EU summit.

Under their plan, she would then request an extension to the Article 50 process.

This would be a major turning point in British history as no monarch has directly involved themselves in UK politics since 1707, when Queen Anne refused royal assent of a bill.

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