Theresa May rang the Queen on Monday to formally confirm her plans to seek an early election on June 8.
The prime minister's spokesperson revealed the call was made as he confirmed the PM's bid for an early vote had received the full backing of the Cabinet.
He also said the timetable for Brexit negotiations would be unaffected by the June 8 vote.
Wednesday's newspapers splash with Theresa May's decision to call a general election - a 'bolt from the blue', as The Telegraph puts it.
After Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she is calling for an early general election Labour and the Lib Dems started to prepare.
Theresa May's decision to issue a call for a snap General Election has drawn mixed reaction. Here we take a look at what people are saying.