Over the course of one week, the United Kingdom has seen the rise of new political and royal leadership. Conservative Liz Truss succeeded Boris Johnson as Prime Minister and King Charles III ascended to the throne following the passing of the late Queen Elizabeth II. These new leaders begin their tenures in 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace, respectively, as Britons face an economic crisis at home and the UK continues to search for its footing abroad in a post-Brexit world. However, the new king and the new prime minister face these challenges with very different mandates.
While King Charles III will seek to ensure the Crown endures as a symbol of stability, continuity, and calm, Truss was elected to change the status quo. In her first address to Parliament, she recognized that today’s economic reality for the British people is unsustainable, stating that she will not maintain the current economic environment, but instead work to “transform Britain into an aspiration nation.”