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Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II poses in 2010 with several prime ministers who served during her reign. With the Queen, from left, are David Cameron, John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

Winston Churchill (1951-1955): The Queen is said to be impressed by her first Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Once when asked which Prime Minister she preferred to speak to, she replied, “Winston of course, because it’s always so much fun.”

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

Anthony Eden (1955-1957): Her Majesty found her second Prime Minister a sympathetic listener and their relationship was one of constitutional decency. The greatest political event in Eden’s time was the Suez crisis. During this time, he felt it was of the utmost importance to keep the Queen informed, so he shared all of the Suez papers with her – the first time her secret government documents were ever shown.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

Harold Macmillan (1957-1963): The Queen initially found Macmillan difficult to get along with, but eventually they got a warm heart for each other. Her Majesty relied on Macmillan for his wise counsel both during his term in office and after his retirement in 1963.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

Alec Douglas Home (1963-1964): The Queen knew Douglas-Home well, seen from behind, as he had been a childhood friend of the Queen Mother. So Her Majesty worked hard to mend her casual relationship with him. During the year he was in office, Douglas-Home helped the monarch name several royal horses.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

Harold Wilson (1964-1970, 1974-1976): Wilson, who came from a lower middle class, became the first Prime Minister of the Queen’s Labor Party. Wilson, seen right next to Prince Philip, often broke from tradition, and he enjoyed helping with the dishes after barbecues at Balmoral – one of the Queen’s residences. However, the Queen was charmed by Wilson’s casual presence and even invited him to stay for a drink after their first meeting, which was unusual.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

Edward Heath (1970-1974): Her Majesty and Heath’s relationship was difficult, mainly because their views were vastly different. While the Queen considered her role as head of the Commonwealth to be of extreme importance, Heath preferred European integration.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

James Callaghan (1976-1979): Callaghan got on well with the Queen, but noted that she offered him “kindness, but not friendship.” In an interview with the BBC’s David Frost, Callaghan spoke of when he asked her for Her Majesty’s opinion, as he was unable to come to a decision. He said the Queen looked at him “with a twinkle in her eye” and said, “That’s what you get paid for.”

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

Margaret Thatcher (1979-1990): While Thatcher and the Queen were closest in age, Thatcher kept their encounters strictly professional, formal, and famously stiff. The “Iron Lady,” as she came to be known, reportedly had a strained relationship with the monarch during their traditional weekly gatherings. Thatcher also considered her annual visits to the royal house at Balmoral a break from her work. But despite this, Thatcher would have been incredibly respectful of the Queen, eventually becoming her longest-serving Prime Minister.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

John Major (1990-1997): John Major and the Queen supported each other during his leadership. They shared many crises together – he the Gulf War and economic downturn, she a fire at Windsor Castle and the marital troubles of her son Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife, Diana.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

Tony Blair (1997-2007): Blair viewed the United Kingdom’s relationship with the monarchy as an outdated institution and was determined to modernize it. In his book “A Journey,” he mocked the annual tradition of visiting the Queen at the royal house at Balmoral, recalling “the vivid combination of the intriguing, the surreal, and the utterly freaky. The whole culture of it was totally strange, of course, not that the royals weren’t very hospitable.” Meanwhile, the Queen would view Blair’s relationship with US President George W. Bush as too amicable.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

Gordon Brown (2007-2010): While the Queen and Brown are believed to have had a close relationship, getting him an invitation to Prince William’s wedding was not enough. Her Majesty, however, occasionally imitated his Scottish accent lightly.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

David Cameron (2010-2016): The relationship between David Cameron and the Queen seems to have been warm. Not only is he the youngest of the Queen’s prime ministers, but they are also related. He is the direct descendant of King William IV, making him the Queen’s fifth cousin, twice removed.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

Queen Elizabeth II’s 14 Prime Ministers

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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