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Politics and the monarchy: a look back at the Queen’s reign

17 min listen

As this week marks the Queen’s platinum jubilee, we take a look back at her greatest political achievements in her role as head of state. How important was the relationship between the monarch and the Prime Minister?

‘I think there’s been this restraining act on the behaviour of Prime Ministers, that they will have to explain themselves to the Queen at some point – James Forsyth.

Since her reign, she has served 14 Prime Ministers, one of whom was Margaret Thatcher. What was her relationship like with the Iron Lady? Lord Charles Moore, former editor of The Spectator who also wrote a biography on Mrs Thatcher spoke of the mutual respect the Queen and Margaret Thatcher had for one another. 

Also on the podcast, the Queen has always made clear that her son, Prince Charles is the next in line to the throne. What kind of King will he be?

Cindy Yu speaks to James Forsyth and Charles Moore.

Produced by Natasha Feroze.


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