It is often said all political careers end in failure, but few with such a spectacular a failure as Theresa May's. Ending her political career in tears on the steps of Downing Street after just three years in office, May will leave knowing that she herself was principally responsible for her own downfall.
Her short six-minute speech, in which she sought to highlight her achievements in office, will forever be remembered for one thing: That she, as a Prime Minister, who rarely showed any emotion and who for so long doggedly hung on when many others would have folded, broke down on the last line of her speech.
That will be the moment replayed in the years to come. Having emerged from the most famous front door in world politics, May dressed in a bright, red outfit, addressed the media and called time on her premiership.
The game was up and there was nothing to do but admit defeat.
With her husband Philip and key advisors watching on, she said:
"I believe it was right to persevere, even when the odds against success seemed high,” she said setting up the crucial line.
“But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new Prime Minister to lead that effort. So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7 June so that a successor can be chosen,” she said stoically.
But it was in her closing few remarks where her composure let her down.
“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold,” she said with a noticeable wobble in her voice. The second female prime minister but certainly not the last. I do so with no ill-will,” she said temporarily regaining the control.
But in the very last line of her speech, the enormity of what she was doing surfaced and she crumbled.
“With enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love,” she said in strained tones.
Clearly overcome, she turned her by now hunched back to the world's media and returned to the sanctuary of Number 10.
On a human level, it would be hard not to feel for her and the toll her time in office has taken on her. But, she sought the job and more importantly when in that job, she utterly failed time and time again.
Yes, she took over office at a time of incredible chaos and uncertainty caused by shock Brexit referendum result in the summer of 2016. She inherited a divided party which because of its own narrowmindedness and insularity sparked the single greatest political crisis since the end of the Second World War.
Month after month, she, through her questionable decision-making and refusal to seek a consensus approach until it was far too late, allowed an already frenzied atmosphere to descend into outright anarchy.
Yes, even abler Prime Ministers would have struggled, but May's tearful admission of defeat showed that she was simply not up to the task.