Just after noon on Friday, Ms May was driven the short distance from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government - a formality under the British system.
Pundits will say that May lost the election because she performed robotically on the campaign trail, failed to answer journalists' questions with conviction, and refused to debate Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who campaigned with more panache than anyone expected.
Britain's Parliament has 650 seats and 326 are needed to produce an overall victor. The Labour Party won 261 seats, a gain of 29, while the Scottish National Party wound up with 35, a loss of 21. Smaller parties split the remaining seats. But rather than head into negotiations right away, May made a decision to hold the snap election, which meant delaying the planned start of negotiations until June 19. As incumbent, May has the right to make the first attempt to form a coalition, though her tough stance on Brexit is likely to make finding a suitable partner hard.
"As I reflect on the results I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward". "And our leader needs to take stock as well". Firstly to convert European Union law into British law, and then to form new post-Brexit policy on issues like immigration and tax. He said Friday that he was "ready to serve".
Failure to win an outright Conservative majority would leave May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn scrambling to find partners to support a new government.
"People have said they have had quite enough of austerity politics", he said, repeating his campaign promises to push for better funding for health and education. "I said at the start this election was wrong".
Earlier, May looked tense as she delivered remarks after being re-elected to her Maidenhead constituency, 30 miles west of London.
Labour wants to challenge the Prime Minister's authority after she was embarrassed by failing to secure a House of Commons majority in Thursday's general election.
"I think if we'd had a large Conservative majority like all the polling was pointing to, then Theresa May could've pushed through her version of Brexit which is outside the single market, outside the customs union with tight control over migration, and not giving much money into the EU pot in terms of paying for access", explains French. "Now let's get to work", she said. May, the interior minister at the time, succeeded him.
During the campaign, May vowed to build a "stronger, fairer and more prosperous Britain", while Corbyn's signature campaign slogan was to govern "for the many, not the few". Commentators in Britain have already begun to wonder about the possibility of a fresh election in six months. Police numbers across the United Kingdom were cut by 20,000 under May's watch as Home Secretary.