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    Prime ministers who served under the Queen

    LONDON (AP) – In seven decades on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II saw 15 British prime ministers come and go, from Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher to Boris Johnson to Liz Truss.

    Here is a list of the leaders who served under her and their years in office:

    WINSTON CHURCHILL, 1951-1955
    When Elizabeth’s father died in 1952, Churchill initially complained that she was “only a child”. But within days, the leader reportedly gushed over her: “All the film people in the world, if they had scoured the globe, could not have found anyone so suited to the part.” The pair went on to enjoy a close relationship.

    ANTHONY EDEN, 1955-1957
    Eden resigned shortly after the 1956 Suez Crisis.

    HAROLD MACMILLAN, 1957-1963
    Macmillan once noted that Elizabeth “means to be a queen and not a puppet,” and that she had the “heart and stomach of a man.”

    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by former Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron as she was presented to members of the Cabinet at 10 Downing Street, London. PHOTOS: AP
    ABOVE & BELOW: Queen Elizabeth II meets former British prime ministers Tony Blair and Boris Johnson at Buckingham Palace in London

    ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME, 1963-1964
    Douglas-Home, who was a family friend of the queen’s mother, served for just under a year.

    HAROLD WILSON, 1964-1970, THEN 1974-76
    Wilson, the first Labour prime minister during the queen’s reign, reportedly enjoyed a relaxed relationship with Elizabeth.

    EDWARD HEATH, 1970-1974
    The Conservative leader took Britain into the European Economic Community, a predecessor to the European Union.

    JAMES CALLAGHAN, 1976-1979
    Callaghan’s years in government were dominated by economic recession and trouble with unions.

    MARGARET THATCHER, 1979-1990
    Thatcher was Elizabeth’s longest-serving prime minister, but the two women’s relationship was widely reported to be frosty.

    JOHN MAJOR, 1990-1997
    Major once said: “One can say to the queen absolutely anything. Even thoughts you perhaps don’t want to share with your Cabinet.”

    TONY BLAIR, 1997-2007
    Blair was the first prime minister to have been born during the queen’s reign – a fact that the monarch brought up at their first meeting. He recalled that she told him: “You are my 10th prime minister. The first was Winston. That was before you were born.”

    GORDON BROWN, 2007-2010
    Brown’s brief time at Downing Street ended after a disastrous election performance for Labour in 2010.

    DAVID CAMERON, 2010-2016
    Cameron was the youngest serving prime minister during Elizabeth’s reign. He attended the Heatherdown school with the queen’s son, Prince Edward.

    THERESA MAY, 2016-2019
    The three-year tenure of May, Britain’s second female prime minister, was almost entirely consumed by Brexit. May tried three times to get Parliament to back her Brexit deal and resigned after she repeatedly failed.

    BORIS JOHNSON, 2019-2022
    Johnson will go down in history as the prime minister who “got Brexit done,” but his tenure was defined by his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and scandals over rule-breaking government parties and lapses of ethical judgment. In July 2022 members of his government began to quit en masse, forcing him to announce his resignation.

    Truss won a Conservative leadership contest to replace Johnson as leader of the governing party. The queen formally appointed her prime minister in a ceremony at Balmoral Castle on September 6, two days before the queen died.

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