Liz Truss has sent her congratulations to the far-right leader set to become Italy’s first female premier.
In a message to Giorgia Meloni, whose party the Brothers of Italy is expected to deliver the country’s first far-right-led government since the Second World War, the Prime Minister described the UK and Italy as “close allies”.
Ms Truss tweeted: “Congratulations to @GiorgiaMeloni on her party’s success in the Italian elections.
“From supporting Ukraine to addressing global economic challenges, the UK and Italy are close allies.”
Italy’s left wing has warned of “dark days” ahead as near-final results show Ms Meloni’s party has won the most votes in the country’s national elections.
But right-wing political figures from across Europe, including France’s Marine Le Pen and Spain’s Santiago Abascal, have sung her praises.
In a victory speech earlier on Monday, Ms Meloni said: “If we are called to govern this nation, we will do it for everyone, we will do it for all Italians and we will do it with the aim of uniting the people.
“Italy chose us. We will not betray it as we never have.”
King Charles’s new royal cypher revealed
The King’s new cypher has been revealed ahead of the official period of royal mourning ending.
Charles’ monogram will appear on government buildings, state documents and on some post boxes in the coming months and years.
The new monarch travelled to Scotland soon after the Queen’s funeral last Monday, with the period of royal mourning lasting for seven days after the late Queen’s burial.
The monogram is Charles’ personal property and was selected by the monarch from a series of designs prepared by the College of Arms. A Scottish version features the Scottish Crown, and was approved by Lord Lyon King of Arms.
It will be used by government departments and by the Royal Household for franking mail and the decision to replace cyphers will be at the discretion of individual organisations.
The process will be a gradual one and in some instances, the cyphers of previous monarchs can still be seen on public buildings and street furniture especially post boxes.