Queen’s historic role with Parliament revealed alongside touching throwback photos

The Queen’s historic role saw her build a ‘special relationship’ with Prime Ministers and speak to them weekly throughout her 70 year reign

Queen’s historic role revealed, seen here as she read the Queen's Speech from the throne during State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords
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The Queen’s historic role with Parliament has been highlighted alongside a series of inspiring throwback photos shared by the Royal Family. 

Following Buckingham Palace’s announcement on September, 8, that Queen Elizabeth II had died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, both the extended Royal Family and people across the world have been reflecting upon her extraordinary life and legacy. Her Majesty’s unwavering dedication had long been admired and her final public engagement before she passed away saw her once again carrying out her duties. The Queen received new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss - the 15th Prime Minister to serve her throughout her reign. 

Now the Queen’s historic role and relationship with Parliament has been honored by the Royal Family with a series of touching throwback photos. 

Beginning with a picture of Her Majesty in her office back in 1959, the photos then moved through the years to include ones of the monarch side-by-side with Winston Churchill and speaking to the United Nations General Assembly. Alongside the heartfelt photographs, the post shared some of Queen Elizabeth II’s own words during an address to Parliament in 2012. 

“Parliament has survived as an unshakeable cornerstone of our constitution and our way of life. History links monarchs and Parliament, a connecting thread from one period to the next,” she declared at the time. “The happy relationship I have enjoyed with Parliament has extended well beyond the more than three and a half thousand Bills I have signed into law.”

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain reading despatch papers from her Red Box.

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It was then revealed in the caption that at the time of her passing, the Queen had signed over 4,000 bills into law. This was one of the royal duties to which Her Majesty was so dedicated, as she formally agreed to make bills into Acts of Parliament or laws and received the iconic red boxes containing State papers every day of her working life. 

In addition, the Queen spoke with the Prime Ministers who served her on a weekly basis, with the caption describing theirs as a “special relationship”. 

“She was able to ‘encourage or warn’ whilst always remaining politically neutral”, it added, before explaining that Her Majesty also frequently displayed her diplomacy and hosting skills as Head of State and welcomed 110 Prime Ministers and Presidents to the UK on official visits. 

As Britain’s longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II was no stranger to making history and back in 1991 she became the first British monarch to address the United States House of Congress.

The monarch also addressed the United Nations General Assembly in 1957 and 2010 and was previously described by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as an “anchor for our age”.

‘In a changing and churning world, you are an anchor for our age. Your reign spans the decades. From the challenges of the Cold War to the threat of global warming,” he stated. “From the Beatles to Beckham. From television to Twitter. Through the years, you have traveled the world and met its people. You have become a living symbol of grace, constancy, and dignity.’

The Queen’s loss has been felt deeply by both her family and people across the world, with many people laying floral or written tributes and showing their respect for the monarch at royal residences across the UK.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with seven years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.