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Winston Churchill, 1951 - 1955, Conservative

Mr Churchill was already prime minister when Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952. It was his second tenure, having previously seen the country through World War II. Asked many years later about her favourite PM, the Queen said: “Winston, of course, because it was always such fun." [Photo: PA]

The 13 prime ministers the Queen has outlasted

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

Theresa May announced on Friday that she will resign on 7 June, bringing an end to her three-year tenure as Britain’s prime minister.

In her 67-year reign, the Queen has been served by thirteen PMs and will meet her fourteenth when the results of the Conservative leadership contest are announced in mid-July.

When the then Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952, Winston Churchill oversaw her Coronation. The pair are said to have had a close relationship and it’s said that she saw him as an almost father-figure.

While the Queen has seen both the Conservative and Labour parties in power throughout her reign, she has also seen the first female PM - Margaret Thatcher - who, to date, was the longest serving.

Take a look at the 13 prime ministers the Queen has had.