Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was summoned to Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon (4 May) to take office from Queen Elizabeth as Britain's first woman Prime Minister.
GV: former Prime Minister James Callaghan leaves No.10 Downing Street as crowds watch. (2 shots)
GV PAN: Mr Callaghan arrives in car at Buckingham Palace, as crowds watch. (2 shots)
LV: Queen's flag (colours) flying at Buckingham Palace
SV PAN: Mr Callaghan leaves.
GV: crowd outside Buckingham Palace
SV PAN: New Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher arrives at Buckingham Palace.
GV: police outside No. 10 Downing street
SCU: Mrs Thatcher speaking with newsmen
THATCHER: "Her Majesty, the Queen has asked me to form a new administration and I have accepted. It is of course the greatest honour that can come to any citizen in a democracy. I know full well the responsibilities that await me as I enter the door at Number Ten and I'll strive unceasingly to try to fulfil the trust and confidence that the British people have placed in me, and the things in which I believe. And I would just like to remember some words of Saint Francis of Assissi which I think are really just particularly apt at the moment: "Where there is discord may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth, where there is doubt, may we bring faith, and where there is despair, may we bring hope. And, to all the British people howsoever they voted, may I say this: Now the election is over may we get together and strive to serve and strengthen the country of which we are so proud to be a part. And finally, one last thing, in the words of Airey Neave, whom we had hoped to bring here with us....there is now work to be done."
Background: Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was summoned to Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon (4 May) to take office from Queen Elizabeth as Britain's first woman Prime Minister. It is just sixty-one years since British women were first allowed to vote. The Conservative Party didn't claim victory in Thursday's (3 May) election until they gained three hundred and eighteen seats, a majority in the six hundred and thirty five seat House of Commons. In a provisional count, the Conservatives gained three hundred and thirty-nine seats, sixty-one more than Labour.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Callaghan's final trip as Prime Minister was a short drive from his official residence at Number Ten Downing Street to Buckingham Palace. He handed in his resignation to Queen Elizabeth after three years in office.
The sixty-seven year old Labour leader left London for his farm in Sussex, England, his political future uncertain.
Then it was Mrs Thatcher's turn at Buckingham Palace where she accepted the office of Prime Minister. She hoped to announce her cabinet within a few days.
Mrs Thatcher met newsmen outside the Prime Minister's residence.
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