Harold Wilson visited Buckingham Palace on Friday (June 19) and formally offered the Queen his resignation as Prime Minister after the ruling Labour Party was defeated in Thursday's General Election.
GV No. 10 Downing Street
SV Removal van backing up to No. 11
MV Removal men working (2 shots)
SV Crossman arrives at No. 10
MV Stewart arrives
CU Jenkins arrives
SV Healey arrives
MV Mr & Mrs Wilson leave for the Palace
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MV Car pulls away
MV Car enters Palace - then leaves (3 shots)
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Background: Harold Wilson visited Buckingham Palace on Friday (June 19) and formally offered the Queen his resignation as Prime Minister after the ruling Labour Party was defeated in Thursday's General Election.
Mr. Wilson arrived back in Downing Street early Friday morning after an overnight drive from his Huyton constituency in Liverpool. As crowds gathered throughout the day there were increasing signs of a change of occupier - even before defeat had been conceded - but most of the removals were from No. 11, the Chancellor's residence.
Former Ministers of Mr. Wilson's Government called at No. 10 before he left for the Palace: Mr. Crossman, the Minister of Health and Social Security; Mr. Stewart, the Foreign Secretary; Mr. Jenkins, the Chancellor of the Exchequer; and Mr. Healey the Minister of Defence.
Mr. Wilson left Downing Street shortly after six o'clock in the evening, with Mrs. Wilson, to go to the Palace. The Queen had returned from the Race meeting at Ascot for the audience. Mr. Wilson spent 18 minutes at the Palace. Ten minutes later, Mr. Heath was to call and accept the Queen's invitation to form a new Government.
The election results - which differed sharply from the Opinion Poll predictions - gave the Conservative Party 330 of the 630 seats. The Labour Party has 288 seats in the new Parliament.