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Theresa May attends audience with Queen to mark dissolution of Parliament

Parliament officially dissolved on Wednesday morning.

Prime Minister Theresa May is visiting the Queen at Buckingham Palace to mark the dissolution of Parliament for the General Election.

Mrs May left Number 10 to go to the Palace for a brief audience with the Queen, after which she is expected to make a statement in Downing Street.

Although MPs left Westminster last Thursday, Parliament did not officially dissolve until a minute after midnight on Wednesday morning, 25 working days before the June 8 poll.

Historically, a prime minister had to ask the monarch to dissolve Parliament.

But the 2011 Fixed-Term Parliaments Act made the process automatic, removing the royal prerogative in the matter.

The Queen arrived back at the Palace shortly before Mrs May set off from Downing Street in a silver Jaguar for the audience. Mrs May arrived at the palace just before 3pm sat in the back of a chauffeur-driven car which swept into the historic building’s quadrangle.

The Jaguar limousine made its way across red gravel to the King’s door entrance where the Queen’s equerry Wing Commander Samuel Fletcher was waiting.

Overhead could be heard a media helicopter which had followed the Prime Minister’s journey from Downing Street.

A footman opened the car door for Mrs May and after she was greeted by the equerry he escorted her inside for the meeting with the monarch.

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