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Open In AppSign In. Gordon Brown (former British Prime Minister) · Tony Blair How was the relationship between the Queen and PM Tony Blair? 26, Views. The Blair–Brown deal (or Granita Pact) was a gentlemen's agreement struck between the British Labour Party politicians Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in May , reported that Brown felt betrayed after losing support from Peter Mandelson and The relationship between Blair and Brown from the years to Through war and peace, crisis and calm, the relationship with the Queen has been one that every prime . GORDON BROWN ().
At first the year-old monarch was intimidated by the year-old war hero.
But he took it upon himself to instruct her in the way of politics and her constitutional role and by the time he left office three years later they had formed a strong bond, discussing horse-racing as well as affairs of state. She remained friendly with Anthony Eden after his resignation over the Suez crisis but was closer to Harold Macmillan. Privately lonely the latter adored the Queen and when he resigned due to ill health she came to his hospital room for their final audience.
Alec Douglas-Home was the closest in terms of background but she had a famously good rapport with Harold Wilson, the first Labour premier of her reign.
He took pleasure in royal flummery while giving the Queen a window on her ordinary subjects which his posher predecessors could not. Their audiences reached a Churchillian two hours followed by drinks. She also got on well with his Labour successor Jim Callaghan, who wrote: Margaret Thatcher was the first prime minister of the Queen's own sex and the closest to her age but that did not mean they bonded.
The problem was not lack of respect - "Nobody could curtsey lower," as one friend told royal biographer Sarah Bradford - but the Queen was conservative with a small 'c' while her new PM was a revolutionary who wanted to change everything.Gordon Brown takes the oath to the Queen 2010
Moreover Mrs Thatcher was as uncomfortable as the Blairs in the world of tweeds and wellingtons. On the last day of her annual trip to Balmoral her cases would be packed long before it was time to leave. They clashed when the US invaded Grenada, a member of the Queen's beloved Commonwealth and she summoned her premier during an emergency Cabinet meeting. Relations were easier with John Major. He and his wife Norma came to prize their Balmoral visits, enjoying relaxed barbecues with the Queen and Prince Philip.
The Queen and a question of honour for Gordon Brown - Telegraph
THE monarch had been on the throne 14 years and was already a mother of four when her current prime minister was born. That was dramatic licence of course. After this week's rash outburst she is more likely to tell him that he is a very silly boy.
But if she saw any of the coverage of Ed Miliband's speech at the Labour Party conference this week she may be thinking it is better the devil she knows. As one critic put it yesterday Miliband spoke for an hour without notes and made it seem like two. If he reaches Downing Street Her Majesty may be nodding off for real. Nevertheless, with a guest list including Tony Blair and Gordon Brown — as well as Sir John Major — some delicate diplomacy may have been required. A running joke at Westminster was that invitees Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg would be expediently placed at the table, perhaps between the two former Labour PMs.
He's worked with almost every prime minister. He is the ultimate survivor", joked one source. As the Queen posed for official photographs — with Cameron and Major to her right, and Blair and Brown to her left — there was nothing in the broad smiles to belie any political rancour.
Blair had arrived several minutes ahead of Brown, leading to speculation they had been given different arrival times to avoid meeting in front of the Downing Street cameras. Blair was without his wife, Cherie, who was abroad on business.
Brown was accompanied by his wife, Sarah. Major attended with his wife Norma, for whom a visit to No 10 probably evoked the least nostalgia. She reportedly disliked the place, preferring to stay in the family home in her husband's Huntingdon constituency during his tenure.
Absent was Lady Thatcher, to date the Queen's only female prime minister, who has retired from public life and was believed to be too frail to attend.
The Queen and a question of honour for Gordon Brown
It is not often the sovereign sets foot inside No Indeed, Cameron is believed to be only the sixth PM to extend such a social invitation to the Queen.
In Blair threw a lavish black-tie dinner to mark the golden jubilee attended by Sir Edward Heath, Lord Callaghan, Thatcher and Major, as well as relatives of five late prime ministers. According to Alastair Campbell's recent diaries not everyone was upbeat.