Theresa May recharges on Alpine hiking trip

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has put her office duties aside for a little while and headed out on a two-week hiking trip with husband Philip.  

The couple, who are known to be regular visitors of Switzerland, have chosen the Alps as the destination for their holiday, so the PM has ditched her usual elegant footwear for some comfortable walking boots.

As you can see in the image captured by photographers at the start of their trek, the Mays were fully-equipped to take on the mountain’s hiking trails, with proper gear including hiking sticks, trousers, boots, polo shirts, and rucksacks.

The Tory leader has previously declared her love for the Swiss Alps, saying that her favourite areas are Zermatt and the Bernese Oberland, due to the clear mountain air and stunning views that give her some “peace and quiet” and the possibility to recharge.

“If you’re a keen walker, Switzerland is a wonderful summer destination: the views are spectacular, the air is clear and you can get some peace and quiet,” she said in an interview in 2007.

May’s holiday comes just a month after she was handed the keys to No 10 and six weeks after 52% of British voters decided they wanted their country out of the European Union. This means that, when she returns home on August 24, she will have a more challenging mountain to climb, that of guiding Britain through Brexit.