The Queen and the Windsor family are one of the longest-enduring royal houses in recent history, having ruled since their establishment in 1917. Of the family line, the current monarch has spent the most time in power, with a reign spanning decades of human history. While the Queen has remained a welcome constant in British lives, she has presided over many Prime Ministers.
How many Prime Ministers has the Queen lived through?
The Queen took to the throne in 1952 when her father King George VI died.
When she took the position, Sir Winston Churchill was in the midst of his second and final term.
Since the wartime Prime Minister, the Queen has lived through another 13 British premiers.
Boris Johnson is the monarch’s 14th Prime Minister during her reign, and each newly elected leader has sought her permission to establish a government.
One each minister has received her blessing, they go on to share a close working relationship with the Queen, with regular meetings and audiences.
They have all developed their own unique rapport with her, with some bonds closer than others.
As such, the Queen has allegedly developed some favourite Prime Ministers over time.
Who is the Queen’s favourite Prime Minister?
The Queen’s relationship with each Prime Minister naturally varies, and she has got along famously with some.
Her all-time favourite leader was Winston Churchill, her first, who seemed to care deeply for her.
He greeted as she returned from Kenya following the death of her father and gave her guidance in the first years of her reign.
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The Prime Minister provided her with advice she never forgot.
She wrote him a letter when he retired in 1955, remarking on how much she would miss him.
The Queen said no successor “will ever for me be able to hold the place of my first prime minister, to whom both my husband and I owe so much and for whose wise guidance during the early years of my reign I shall always be so profoundly grateful”.
Other ministers weren’t so close, with interaction limited to work appointments only.
Margaret Thatcher allegedly wasn’t a great fan of spending time with the aristocracy.
An observer once revealed she found the traditional September weekend at Balmoral painful.
They said: “A weekend in the country with aristocrats who enjoy riding, shooting, sports and games is Thatcher’s idea of torture.
“But her dread of the weekend receded as the two women became somewhat more comfortable with one another.”