Theresa May has formally become the UK's new prime minister. She is the second woman ever to hold the post after Margaret Thatcher.

The former home secretary travelled to Buckingham Palace where she officially accepted the Queen's invitation to form a new government.

In his farewell statement outside Downing Street, Mr Cameron said Mrs May would provide "strong and stable leadership" and wished her well in her negotiations with the EU.

Theresa May (pictured left) kneels as she is greeted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace
 Before Mrs May's visit to Buckingham Palace, the Queen accepted Mr Cameron's resignation as prime minister.

Mrs May, 59, suddenly won the Conservative leadership contest after rival candidate Andrea Leadsom pulled out on Monday.

One of her first tasks will be to appoint her new ministerial team.

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