Did the Queen really DISLIKE Margaret Thatcher?

Did the Queen really DISLIKE Margaret Thatcher?


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In The Crown, Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (played by Gillian Anderson) and Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) are portrayed as not seeing eye to eye but did the Queen really dislike Margaret Thatcher in real life? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Did the Queen dislike Margaret Thatcher?

In The Crown, Margaret Thatcher and the Queen’s relationship is one of mutual respect but not without difficulty.

Throughout the series, the Queen is seen criticising Thatcher’s political moves, particularly the reshuffling of her cabinet. Spending cuts and rising unemployment in the UK.

In the Queen’s weekly audience with The Prime Minister, she is seen politely confronting Thatcher’s policies and the state of the United Kingdom.

In episode eight, the pair clash over the imposing of sanctions on South Africa.

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Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did not want to impose sanction on South Africa.

However, 48 countries of the Commonwealth did and as head of the Commonwealth, The Queen was obliged to support their decision.

The episode focuses on the differences between the Queen and Thatcher. In the end, Thatcher agreed to impose sanctions and apartheid came to an end in April 1994.

Despite their disagreements in The Crown, Thatcher and The Queen may have actually been on much better terms than first thought.

In 1990, Margaret Thatcher was ousted from the House of Commons as Prime Minister.

She was replaced as head of government and party leader by Chancellor John Major.

As seen The Crown, Thatcher is given an Order of Merit by the Queen, a personal gift.

The Queen then went onto appoint Thatcher Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter in 1995 and attended her 70th and 80th birthday parties.

The Queen was also present at Thatcher’s funeral in 2013, the second Prime Minister’s funeral the Queen has chosen to attend in her lifetime, the only other being Sir Winston Churchill.

Throughout The Crown and today, it is believed Thatcher and the Queen did not get along but going by the history books, that may not be entirely true.

In her autobiography, Thatcher wrote: “Although the press could not resist the temptation to suggest disputes between the Palace and Downing Street, I always found the Queen’s attitude towards the work of the Government absolutely correct.

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“Of course, stories of clashes between ‘two powerful women’ were just too good not to make up.

“In general, more nonsense was written about the so-called ‘feminine factor’ during my time in office than about almost anything else.”

She continued: “Her Majesty brings to bear a formidable grasp of current issues and breadth of experience.”

Speaking to Vanity Fair, The Crown creator Peter Morgan said: “When I found out that they were born only six months apart, that was a big breakthrough for me.

“Because of their generation, they had a lot of things in common—they’re both very resilient, very committed, work incredibly hard, have an extraordinary sense of duty.

“They both have a strong Christian faith.

“They’re both girls of the war generation who switch the lights off when they leave a room.

“But then they had such different ideas about running the country.”

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