For three years she has imprisoned herself in the Tories' Brexit civil war.
But Theresa May has finally thrown off her shackles with a weekend at Wimbledon's Royal Box, the Cricket World Cup final – and dancing and singing to her favourite Abba hits.
The famously robotic Prime Minister, who leaves office next Wednesday, let her hair down at a black-tie music festival after she was forced to hand over the reins of her failed Brexit deal.
With Boris Johnson preparing to take No10, she enthusiastically danced the night away to Take a Chance on Me, Money Money Money and Mamma Mia at a show by cover band Bjorn Again.
Mrs May and husband Philip even bopped to a cover of Van Halen's 1983 hit Jump in the grandstand at Oxfordshire's Henley Festival – where tickets cost up to £135.
A witness said she left just before the band played Dancing Queen, which famously soundtracked her walk on stage at the 2018 Tory conference.
The PM and husband Philip arrived at the Henley Festival on Saturday evening and were spotted heading to the 'Moet Champagne Lawn', where a bottle of bubbly costs £90.
While some music festival-goers would be lumped with a burger stand, a witness said she dined at the Terrace Restaurant – where the £85-a-head set menu includes slow-cooked duck egg and a pistachio sponge with passion fruit cream.
She then headed over to the headline concert by Bjorn Again, who formed playing Abba covers more than 30 years ago in Melbourne.
Mrs May – who had bodyguards nearby – danced and sang enthusiastically to tunes including Money Money Money with husband Philip and unknown friends.
The second female Prime Minister even sang along to the lyric "if I had a little money, it's a rich man's world" – before breaking into a frown.
She also sang "if you put me to the test! If you let me try!" to Take a Chance on Me – after she lost her majority in the 2017 snap election and saw her Brexit deal voted down three times in Parliament.
And she sang "why why, did I ever let you go!" as the band played Mamma Mia – weeks after having to give up the job of Prime Minister.
But a witness said she left just before the encore, when the band played Dancing Queen – and even gave Mrs May a shout-out.
Downing Street have not yet commented on whether the Prime Minister and her husband paid for their tickets, or were guests of the festival.
The Henley Festival bills itself as an "exclusive boutique black tie festival" where "art and gastronomy share equal billing with music".
This year's event near her Maidenhead constituency featured Boy George and Jessie J on a floating stage by the River Thames.
It was part of a glitzy weekend for the PM and husband Philip – which included watched the ladies' singles final from the Royal Box at Wimbledon.
And the pair were pictured again today at Lords to watch the Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand.
The PM danced on-stage to the Abba hit at last year's Tory conference after a video of her dancing awkwardly with school pupils in South Africa became a viral hit.
In a farewell interview on Friday, she said she was leaving the job with "pride" at having been PM, but "disappointment" at failing to see a Brexit deal through the Commons.
She also said "I sacrificed my job" – hours after a Cabinet minister warned No Deal Brexit could put thousands out of work – and claimed the UK is not "polarised" over leaving the EU.
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