David Cameron’s children just appeared on TV for the first time, for his resignation

David Cameron has formally handed in his resignation as prime minister in an audience with the Queen of England, ending a tumultuous couple of weeks after the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

Cameron’s children Nancy, Florence, and Arthur, accompanied him to the palace, one of the first times they have ever appeared in public.

Britain's outgoing Prime Minister, David Cameron, accompanied by his wife Samantha, daughters Nancy (2nd L) and Florence and son Arthur, pose for photographs in front of number 10 Downing Street, on his last day in office as Prime Minister, in central London, Britain July 13, 2016.     REUTERS/Peter Nicholls - RTSHRHH
Moving out. (Reuters/Peter Nicholls)

Samantha Cameron, the former prime minister’s wife, has been a public figure alongside her husband. But unlike in the US, children close to politics in the UK are kept carefully out of the limelight. It isn’t illegal to photograph them in public places, though guidelines are in place on the photography of children generally. Conventionally, politicians just don’t often display their families in the public eye, and photographers rarely breach that convention.

When Gordon Brown, the prime minister who preceded Cameron, resigned, his children also accompanied him. It was also one of the first times they were seen.

Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown, accompanied by his wife Sarah (L) and children John Macaulay and James Fraser, waves while leaving his official residence of 10 Downing Street in London May 11, 2010. Brown announced on Tuesday that he was resigning as talks between the opposition Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties appeared to be nearing a deal on forming a new government.     REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR2DR07
Gordon Brown resigned in 2010, alongside his wife Sarah and sons John Macaulay and James Fraser. (Reuters/Toby Melville)

Both families had lost children: Cameron’s oldest son, Ivan, died in 2009 at the age of six. Brown’s daughter, Jennifer Jane, died in 2001.

The new prime minister will be former home secretary Theresa May.

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