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Next UK Prime Minister Has to Travel 800 Miles to Get The Job

Queen Elizabeth II 

Queen Elizabeth II 

Photographer: Jonathan Brady/AFP/Getty Images

For the UK to gain a new leader next week, both Boris Johnson and his successor will have to make the 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) round trip to a Scottish castle to see Queen Elizabeth II. 

In usual years, the outgoing leader is driven from 10 Downing Street to Buckingham Palace less than a mile away to present their resignation to the monarch. Their successor then makes the same trip, trailed over the short distance by TV cameras and news helicopters.