On the occasion of the Coronation of King Charles, know the 15 Prime Ministers of Queen Elizabeth throughout her 70-year reign.
Throughout her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth built close ties with her 15 prime ministers. She waited expectantly for weekly ‘secret meetings’ with her prime ministers for seven decades, from Winston Churchill in 1952 through Liz Truss in 2022. The Queen’s involvement in asking prime ministers to form a government was critical constitutionally in the power shift. The Coronation of King Charles will take place today.
A List Of Prime Ministers Who Served Under Queen Elizabeth II
When England’s wartime prime minister departed, Queen Elizabeth II wrote him a handwritten letter in which she said that no successor could ever match her “first prime minister.” Sir ‘Tommy’ Lascelles, a top civil servant and the Queen’s former personal secretary, remarked that during private meetings between Churchill and the Queen, one could only hear slight bursts of “laughter,” and many observed that Churchill admired the young monarch’s (she was 25 when she became queen) attitude and understanding of the importance of her role.
Even though previous Prime Minister Eden and the Queen had a close relationship, the queen was worried about his handling of the Suez Crisis, which culminated to the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956.
He was the third prime minister to serve under Queen Elizabeth II, and the two did not get along at first. They subsequently got fond of one other and collaborated.
The Queen and the fourth prime minister who led Elizabeth had a strong connection, and throughout time, the prime minister assisted the monarch in giving the names of many royal horses.
Wilson was the first Labour Party prime minister to serve the queen. There were concerns that their relationship would be difficult given Wilson’s socialist leanings, but British historian Ben Pimlott noted that Wilson regarded Elizabeth as an equal and “almost as a member of his Cabinet.“
The queen and the sixth Prime Minister did not have a close connection. Heath turned the UK pro-European, despite the queen’s objections.
The queen’s seventh prime minister was a ‘devoted monarchist,’ and the two enjoyed a close bond.
The United Kingdom’s longest serving prime minister in modern history (11 years) and the longest reigning queen were said to have a strained relationship.
The first prime minister to be younger than the queen was John Major, who served as the monarch’s ninth prime minister. He was the prime minister who informed the UK parliament of the separation of Prince Charles (now King Charles) and Princess Diana.
The tenth Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the second from the Labour Party, was dubbed as the “Great Modernizer.”
He is the queen’s twelfth prime minister, was also not invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.
Cameron and the queen got along well, and he was also a distant cousin of the queen.
She is the thirteenth prime minister to serve the queen and the UK’s second female prime minister, commented on the queen’s familiarity with contemporary topics.
The fourteenth prime minister to serve the queen disobeyed one of the cardinal laws, which said that the specifics of his discussion with the sovereign should be kept private.
She was the fifteenth and last prime minister of the United Kingdom to serve the Queen, and the Queen’s appointment of Truss as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom two days before her death was her final significant constitutional action.
SOURCE : news18