Outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron will not go down as one of history's great leaders. Amber Rudd is the new home secretary, David Davis has been given the new role of Brexit secretary and Liam Fox becomes worldwide trade secretary.

Cameron's audience with the Queen will be swiftly followed by the arrival at the Palace of May, who will be formally appointed the UK's second female Prime Minister by "kissing hands" with the monarch. "It's a civil servant's cat and does not belong to the Camerons - he will be staying", a government spokesman told the BBC.After TV crews repeatedly spotted mice sprinting across Cameron's doorstep in 2011, the premier took his family to a south London animal shelter and picked Larry.

Replying to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is facing his own leadership challenge from two Labour lawmakers, Cameron poked fun at Labour's leadership turmoil, noting that the Tories had had "resignation, nomination, competition and coronation" while Labour is still working out the rules for its contest.

"The Government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few but by yours".

Speaking to media out the front of 10 Downing Street, the UK's official Prime Ministerial residence, Cameron wrapped up one of his last addresses to the nation as PM by saying "thank you very much" and walking back inside.

He said: "We've today had warm words from our new prime minister about the need to stand up for more than a "privileged few".

And he said May would provide "strong and stable leadership in delivering the Conservative manifesto on which we were elected" and wished her well in negotiating the withdrawal from the European Union which voters backed in last month's referendum.

Outside Number 10, Mr Cameron said he was "delighted" Mrs May was to take his job. The race to replace Cameron, however, was supposed to last through the northern summer.