Since taking the throne in 1947, Queen Elizabeth II has had 14 Prime Ministers by her side – ranging from the magisterial cold warrior Winston Churchill to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and to the current office holder Boris Johnson. The Royal Family’s official website says the monarch always has a “special relationship” with whoever is leading her Government. However, multiple reports suggest there have been stronger relationships than others throughout her reign.
While Sir Winston is long rumoured to be Her Majesty’s favourite, Tony Blair’s relationship with the monarch was said to be incredibly difficult and probably regarded “the worst one” she has ever had.
His wife Cherie did not curtsey to the Queen on her first visit to Balmoral in 1997, and wore a trouser suit – which allegedly left the Queen mother “mortified”. Her Majesty’s interests famously clashed with Mr Blair’s too.
It is no secret that the monarch loves the countryside, country sports, horses and dogs, while Mr Blair prefers the city, holidays in Barbados, tennis and football.
For this reason, the tradition annual visit by the Prime Minister to Balmoral reportedly became something of an ordeal for the Labour leader and the lengths of their stays were kept to a minimum.
How red-faced Tony Blair risked Queen’s fury by taking Prince Philip’s seat (Image: GETTY)
Boris Johnson and Queen Elizabeth II (Image: GETTY)
Moreover, according to a 2002 report by the Daily Express, the former Prime Minister and his wife would often fail to follow royal protocol.
During a Jubile lunch in 2002, Mr Blair was reportedly left red-faced when he took Prince Philip’s seat during at a Jubilee lunch.