W E Gladstone
1809 – 1898
Engraving from Great Britain and Her Queen, by Anne E. Keeling. (Wikipedia)
Gladstone in 1879, painted by John Everett Millais. (Wikipedia)
William Ewart Gladstone was a statesman and Prime Minister four times in Victoria’s reign, 1868-74, 1880-85, 1886 and 1892-94.
He joined the House of Commons as a Tory but later joined the newly formed Liberal Party.
Queen Victoria and Albert had similar views on Gladstone as an MP. Albert admired him and Victoria wrote that he is . When Gladstone became PM in 1868 after Albert’s death she grew to dislike him. me as if I was a public meeting.”
Gladstone disliked the fact that the Queen no longer opened parliament and continued to be absent from public duties. He wanted her to be more visible- even suggesting she should buy a residence in Ireland to strengthen the throne.
He visited Osborne House with his wife on 22nd January 1869 soon after becoming Prime
Minister and throughout his premierships he sent hundreds of political documents to the Queen for her approval, which tested her patience.
In a visit on 5th August 1882 he attended St. James’ church.
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