Queen Elizabeth and her 12 Prime Ministers - History of government
TONY Blair and the Queen's relationship has always been rocky. The former Queen Elizabeth news Tony Blair offended Queen royal news. Francis Beckett recounts each premier's relationship with a queen who but cool " with Edward Heath and declined the offer to call Blair 'Tony'. Developed a warm relationship and he became one of her favourites, TONY BLAIR (). The Queen found Blair a disloyal subject.
Eden believed that informing the Queen was of supreme importance and all the Suez papers were sent to her, the first time she was to be shown secret government papers. Their relationship was one of impeccable constitutional propriety and confidences were maintained.
The Queen has two prerogatives, to choose, or now to confirm, a new Prime Minister in office and to grant a dissolution of Parliament, triggering a general election. The first prerogative was exercised in and in when the leadership of the Conservative party became vacant between general elections.
At first, the Queen did not find Macmillan easy to deal with. Indeed, the Queen soon came to rely on Macmillan to offer wise counsel, both while in office and after his retirement in Crucially, the Queen also sought his advice following the uncertain General Election outcomes of February and Octoberwhen he advised on historical precedents.
When Macmillan resigned in Octoberaccusations were made that the Queen had colluded with his supposed blocking of the Deputy Prime Minister, Rab Butler, as his successor, leading to the controversial appointment of Alec Douglas-Home as the new Prime Minister.
From July onwards, the Conservative Party elected its leader, as the Labour Party had done since Today it would be highly unusual if the Queen invited anyone to become Prime Minister who was not the acknowledged leader of the party commanding a majority in the House of Commons. Outgoing Prime Ministers in mid-term have made things easier for the Queen by staying-on until their party has elected a successor, including Harold Wilson in and Margaret Thatcher in She was now in the unusual situation of having to formalise a relationship that had always been informal.
Over the years, Home often helped the Queen to name royal horses. Wilson enjoyed the informality of helping with the washing-up after the Balmoral barbecues, unlike Thatcher for whom these weekends interrupted work.
Over the past decade the Blairs have kept the lengths of the traditional Balmoral visits to a bare minimum, with Mrs Blair visiting for just a day last year after extending her Caribbean holiday. Mrs Blair, who is everything but a passionate monarchist, was said to dislike the draughty castle and the hunting, shooting and fishing types who surround the Queen. Mr Blair is said to have regarded the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family as out of touch. Early on in his premiership his closest aides were said to have boasted that Downing Street had "saved" the monarchy when Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris in the late summer of Number 10 persuaded the Queen to return to London from Balmoral and pay her respects openly to her former daughter-in-law, the woman Mr Blair famously called the "People's Princess".
Royal revelation: Tony Blair made a HUGE blunder that terribly offended the Queen
The Sunday Telegraph has spoken to some of her closest confidants to find out. They revealed how the Queen has had private concerns over many of Mr Blair's policies, including those affecting- the countryside, Britain's heritage, the Armed Forces and the -Commonwealth.
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According to sources close to the Royal Family, there is no personal animosity between the Queen and the Prime Minister. Mr Blair is always courteous, cheerful and self-deprecating at their weekly audiences and she particularly admires his determination to bring peace to Northern Ireland.
Queen Elizabeth and her 12 Prime Ministers
Yet the Queen and Prince Philip are said to believe that Mr Blair and his wife have been unthoughtful - even rude - on rare occasions. The Queen is said to have expressed private "surprise" that Mr Blair became the first of her 10 prime ministers to alter the day of their weekly audiences at Buckingham Palace from Tuesday to Wednesday afternoons - so that he could prepare for Prime Minister's Questions.
In genteel royal circles, the word "surprise" indicates that the Queen was seriously annoyed. There were also "raised eyebrows" when Mrs Blair, while attending the Braemar Highland Games inwas so bored by events that she gave a gaping open-mouthed yawn while just feet from the Queen. Mrs Blair's faux pas compounded blunders on her first visit to Balmoral in when she failed to curtsey to the Queen and wore a trouser suit, a choice that, it was claimed, left the Queen Mother "mortified".
If there is one issue above all others that has exasperated the Queen it is what she sees as Mr Blair's lack of understanding of the countryside - everything from country sports to the effect that the closure of post offices has on a rural community.
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The Queen and Mr Blair's weekly audiences are not attended by senior aides but their private offices agree the agenda in advance. At one of the -earliest meetings, Mr Blair asked the Queen to call him "Tony". She declined, preferring instead to address him as "Prime Minister". Senior officials to the Queen and the Prime Minister have always refused to brief journalists on their discussions.
However, The Sunday Telegraph has established that the Queen repeatedly felt obliged to pass on concerns about the countryside from those she met.
Such comments from the Queen are entirely proper: Inin the aftermath of the foot-and-mouth crisis, the Queen made a rare indiscreet remark to John Daw, at the time chairman of the Devon branch of the National Farmers' Union. Mr Daw, now 58, who farms 1, acres of land near Crediton, Devon, told the Queen: I tell him that every week when I see him.