The Princess Elizabeth Mary Alexandra was born April 21, 1926 to the Duke and Duchess of York. Her grandfather, King George V was the reigning Monarch and her grandmother was Queen Mary. As a child, then third in line to the throne, she saw two Prime Ministers serve her grandfather, then later her uncle, Edward VIII:

  • Stanley Baldwin (November 4, 1924 - June 5, 1929; Conservative Party)
  • Ramsay MacDonald (June 5, 1929 - August 24, 1931; Labour Party/August 24, 1931 - June 7, 1935; National Labour Party)

Stanley Baldwin was returned to office on August 24, 1931. During his second term as Prime Minister, King Edward VIII abdicated. Baldwin managed the abdication crisis, which resulted in Elizabeth's father's accession as King George VI. While first in line to the throne, Princess Elizabeth saw four Prime Ministers serve her father, among them her father's favorite, Winston Churchill in his first term as PM. King George V died shortly after Churchill was returned to office; he served the majority of that term as Queen Elizabeth's first Prime Minister.

As Princess Elizabeth, under King George VI

# Image Name Tenure Party Affiliation Played by
1 Baldwin Stanley Baldwin
MP for Bewdley
August 24, 1931 -
May 28, 1937
Conservative Does not
Government of India Act 1935; Edward VIII abdication crisis; started re-armament but later criticised for failing to rearm more when Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany broke his Treaty of Versailles obligations. Only Prime Minister to serve three monarchs: George V, Edward VIII and George VI.
2 Chamberlin Neville Chamberlin
MP for Birmingham Edgbaston
May 28, 1937 -
May 10, 1940
Conservative Does not
1939 IRA bombings in England; sought to maintain "peace for our time" via appeasement of Germany (Munich Agreement); widely criticised after the German invasion of Poland and outbreak of the Second World War. Resigned after losing the Norway Debate; died six months after leaving office.
3 Churchill Winston Churchill
MP for Epping
May 10, 1940 -
July 26, 1945
Conservative (John Lithgow)
World War continues; formed military alliances with both the US and the Soviet Union, and reactively declared war on Fascist Italy and Japan (while successfully leading an all-party War Coalition). United Nations founded, replacing the LN; proposed what would eventually lead to the European Union (EU); Beveridge Report and Butler Education Act. Following the VE Day celebrations, Churchill formed a caretaker ministry of Conservatives, Liberal Nationals and independent ministers; it was subsequently defeated after two months.
4 Attlee Clement Attlee
MP for Limehouse until 1950
MP for Walthamstow West from 1950

July 26, 1945 -
October 26, 1951
Labour Simon Chandler
(Season 1)
Victory over Japan ends the World War; Potsdam Conference; post-war consensus established; introduced nationalisation of the Bank of England and utilities; foundation of the National Health Service; extended National Insurance scheme; economic austerity, characterised by continued and deepened wartime food and fuel rationing; independence of India; end to the UK role in Palestine; foundation of NATO; beginning of the Cold War; Berlin Blockade and the resulting Airlift; National Service Act 1948 reinstates conscription; devalued the pound by 30%; failure of the East Africa Groundnut Scheme; start of UK involvement in the Korean War..
  • John Lithgow appears as 86-year-old Churchill during his second term, but his earlier term is only discussed in dialogue.

As Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen has seen thirteen Prime Ministers in office while the sovereign; one, Harold Wilson, serving two terms separated by Edward Heath's only term. Her current Prime Minister is the now-embattled Teresa May, whose current term will run until 2022, assuming she does not call for an election sooner.

# Image Name Tenure Party Affiliation Played by
1 Churchill Winston Churchill
MP for Woodford
October 28 1951 -
April 6, 1955
Conservative John Lithgow
(Season 1)
Last Prime Minister to be concurrently Minister of Defence. Domestic policy (notably end of rationing) interrupted by foreign disputes (Korean War; Operation Ajax; Mau Mau Uprising; Malayan Emergency). Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Having suffered a stroke in 1953, Churchill continued in office in the hope of achieving a summit with the new leadership of the USSR under Khrushchev, until finally resigning nearly two years later.
2 Eden Anthony Eden
MP for Warwick and Leamington
April 6, 1955 -
January 10, 1957
Conservative Jeremy Northam
(Season 1-)
Oversaw Egyptian nationalisation of the Suez Canal, an action that sparked the Suez Crisis; Premium Bonds introduced. Resigned on grounds of ill health and having lost the confidence of his senior colleagues.
3 Macmillan Harold Macmillan
MP for Bromley
January 10, 1957 -
October 19, 1963
Conservative Anton Lesser
(Season 2)
The UK applied to join the European Economic Community for the first time, the application split Conservatives and was vetoed by France; acceptance of Keynesianism; First Cod War; Rent Act 1957; "Wind of Change" speech; Notting Hill race riots and New Commonwealth immigration; opening of the BBC Television Centre; end of National Service; Beeching cuts begin; Night of the Long Knives; Cuban Missile Crisis; Profumo affair, following which Macmillan resigned due to ill health.
4 Home Alec Douglas-Home
MP for Kinross and Western Perthshire
October 19, 1963 -
October 16, 1964
Last Prime Minister to hold office by virtue of the House of Lords (was Lord Home upon appointment). Home renounced his peerage four days after being appointed to contest a by-election to the Commons. Oversaw the independence of colony Nyasaland; abolition of Resale Price Maintenance.
5 Wilson Harold Wilson
MP for Huyton
October 16, 1964 -
June 19, 1970
Social policies encompassing the legalisation of abortion, abolition of capital punishment and decriminalisation of homosexuality. Colony Northern Rhodesia receives independence, and Rhodesian UDI; Wilson Doctrine; began depopulation of Chagossians from the Chagos Archipelago; adopted, but then abandoned, a National Plan for the economy; devalued the pound by 14%; foundation of the Open University; government disputes with trade unions over "In Place of Strife" and prices and incomes policy; ordered troops into Northern Ireland in response to start of Troubles.
6 Heath Edward Heath Conservative
5 Wilson Harold Wilson Labour
7 Callaghan James Callaghan
8 Thatcher Margaret Thatcher Conservative
9 Major John Major Conservative
10 Blair Tony Blair Labour
11 Brown Gordon Brown Labour
12 Cameron David Cameron Conservative
13 May Teresa May Conservative