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In Pictures: Looking back at Theresa May’s tenure as PM

The UK’s second female premier entered Downing Street in July 2016.

Prime Minister Theresa May making her first speech as PM in 2016, and during her resignation speech last month (Hannah McKay/Yui Mok/PA)
Prime Minister Theresa May making her first speech as PM in 2016, and during her resignation speech last month (Hannah McKay/Yui Mok/PA)

As Theresa May counts down her last few hours as Prime Minister, we look back at some of the highlights – and lowlights – of her time in office.

The UK’s second female prime minister entered Downing Street in July 2016 after she was the last candidate standing in the Tory leadership election sparked by David Cameron’s resignation over the Brexit referendum result.

From the moment the Queen invited the MP for Maidenhead to form a new government, to some of her final official duties including welcoming England’s World Cup-winning cricketers to No 10, we take a look back on an eventful three years in office.

The Queen welcomes Mrs May at an audience in Buckingham Palace where she invited the former home secretary to become Prime Minister in July 2016 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Mrs May with husband Philip together for the first time outside Downing Street (Hannah McKay/PA)
Staff clapping as Theresa May walks inside 10 Downing Street as PM for the first time (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Mrs May having some chips while on a walkabout during a general election campaign stop in Cornwall in 2017 (Dylan Martinez/PA)
Watching with DUP leader Arlene Foster as DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Tory chief whip Gavin Williamson sign paperwork after the DUP agreed a deal to support the minority Conservative government following the 2017 election (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)
A curtsy to the Queen during a state visit in 2017 by Spanish King Felipe VI (Ben Stansall/PA)
The Prime Minister suffers a coughing fit during her keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in 2017 (Joe Giddens/PA)
Comedian Simon Brodkin, also known as Lee Nelson, handing the PM a P45 form during the same eventful speech (Peter Byrne/PA)
Dancing Queen: Her entrance on to the conference stage in 2018 was made to music by Abba (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Away from the office, Mrs May enjoyed walking holidays with her husband. In August 2016 they visited the Alps in Switzerland (PA)
In July 2018 the summer holiday was near Lake Garda in northern Italy (PA)
At least one friendly face as Mrs May met a border collie called Blitz after attending a church service near her Maidenhead constituency in February this year (Steve Parsons/PA)
Passing a shop window display while visiting Salisbury on the first anniversary of the Skripal poisoning in March this year (Ben Birchall/PA)
Waiting to give a reading at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey (Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)
During a dinner hosted by he Queen at Buckingham Palace during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April (Jack Taylor/PA)
With Donald Trump in the Oval Office in January 2017. Mrs May was the one of the first world leaders to meet the new president (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
The state visit to the UK for Mr Trump was held at the start of June 2019 (Frank Augustein/PA)
Making a statement outside 10 Downing Street to confirm she was standing down as Tory party leader on Friday June 7 (Yui Mok/PA)
Mrs May lays a wreath during the Royal British Legion’s Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Bayeux, France (Neil Hall/PA)
She met Mr Trump again, at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
A frosty reception for Russian President Vladimir Putin (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Arriving to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
On the outside looking in? At the G20 with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Japanese premier Shinzo Abe (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
The PM met military service personnel and their families at the Permanent Joint Headquarters (Matt Dunham/PA)
With husband Philip at Wimbledon (Adam Davy/PA)
Mrs May hosted a Downing Street reception for England’s triumphant Cricket World Cup squad (Yui Mok/PA)



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