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David Cameron resigns as British prime minister

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Prime Minister David Cameron speaks as he leaves Downing Street for the last time with his wife Samantha Cameron and children Nancy Cameron, Arthur Cameron and Florence Cameron on July 13, 2016 in London, England. David Cameron leaves Downing Street today having been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since May 2010 and Leader of the Conservative Party since December 2005. He is succeeded by former Home Secretary Theresa May and will remain as Member of Parliament for Witney in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON – Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II has accepted the resignation of David Cameron as British prime minister.

A statement from the palace says the monarch met with Cameron, who formally resigned the office before handing over to his successor, Theresa May.

May arrived at Buckingham Palace shortly afterward to be confirmed as British prime minister.

The outgoing British prime minister acknowledged Wednesday as he prepared to leave 10 Downing Street that “it’s not been an easy journey, and of course we’ve not got every decision right, but I do believe that today our country is much stronger.

He wished his successor luck in her negotiations to have Britain leave the European Union — the matter that caused his demise.