DOWNING STREET FAREWELL: The Cameron family left 10 Downing Street on a windy, drizzly summer evening, and headed to Buckingham Palace so the outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron could formally tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth.
He gave a short farewell speech outside the black door, flanked by his wife Samantha Cameron, who was wearing a multicolored sleeveless dress by Roksanda, and his three children — Nancy, Arthur and Florence, who have rarely been seen in public since Cameron took office in 2010. The couple’s eldest son Ivan died in 2009, a year before Cameron became prime minister.
“It’s not been an easy journey, and we’ve not got every decision right,” he told members of the press assembled outside his former home and government headquarters. “I do believe today our country is much stronger. There can be no doubt our economy is immeasurably stronger,” added Cameron who went on to tout his governments’ national and international achievements.
He also talked fondly about his wife and children: “They sometimes kicked the red boxes full of work. Florence, you once tried to climb into one of them, and said, ‘Take me with you.’ From now on, no more boxes.” He called Samantha “the love of my life. You have kept me vaguely sane.”
Cameron went on to wish the new prime minister, Theresa May, well in negotiating the best possible terms for Britain’s future exit from the European Union. Cameron has said he plans to retain his seat as a member of parliament, while there have been media reports that Samantha is planning to launch her own fashion brand or collection in a few years’ time. Samantha Cameron, who has remained a consultant to the British luxury brand Smythson throughout her husband’s tenure, has declined to comment on the reports.