Theresa May broke down in tears as she resigned as Prime Minister today.
Clad in bright red suit, she looked dejected and exhausted as she delivered her final speech from 10 Downing Street.
The 62-year-old’s turbulent Conservative Party leadership has undoubtedly taken a toll on her appearance.
She looks dramatically different from the bright-eyed woman who was announced as PM in July 2016.
Take a look how May has changed during her three-year stint as Prime Minister.
Theresa May’s speech was a lot less optimistic today.
While her outfit had the same vibrancy, her demeanour and facial expressions were a lot more dejected.
Throughout the speech, the Prime Minister’s body language was closed.
She kept her head down and shoulders hunched as she told onlookers she’d “done (her) best” to deliver Brexit.
Watched by husband Philip and her closest aides, an emotional May said it was in the “best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort”.
May isn’t the only politician to change over the years.
David Cameron sported similar suits for his first and last speeches – although his appearance was very different.
In 2010, he stood tall as he addressed the British public.
Contrastingly, he looked much more sullen following his resignation in 2016
Further proof that being PM can cause your appearance to deteriorate comes in the shape of Tony Blair.
But as the Labour leader sat in No.10 for a decade, it’s no surprise he was less fresh-faced when his term ended.
In her resignation speech today, May said: “I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice you have a duty to implement what they decide.
“I have done my best to do that. I negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship with our closest neighbours that protects jobs, our security and our union.
“I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal.
“Sadly, I have not been able to do so. I tried three times. I believe it was right to persevere, even where the odds against success seemed high.”
She added: “Our politics may be under strain but there is so much that is good about this country, so much to be proud of, so much to be optimistic about.
“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold. The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.”
While May has announced her resignation, she will remain as Prime Minister until a new leader is selected.
A formal contest won’t be triggered until June 10, which gives her a few more weeks in office.
The PM is set to host US President Donald Trump in early June – and the pair will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Following the state visit, the Conservative leadership contest will begin.
Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove are among those likely to make a bid.
- Theresa May
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