Has the Queen of England indeed sought out counsel to sack Prime Minister Johnson regarding his "unlawful" proroguing of Parliament? Or was this counsel sought out by Queen Elizabeth II to glean understanding over her exact postition (legally) should she be approached by opposition MPs if PM Johnson won't step down if asked to? Buckingham Palace had no comments confirming or denying these "rumours".

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Thanks to, we know that this comes after further reports that Mr Johnson telephoned the Queen to personally apologize for the embarrassment caused by the ruling that he had acted unlawfully when he advised the Queen to suspend Parliament for five weeks – advice she was obliged to go along with.


As the Head of State, the Queen has always remained absolutely neutral regarding politics and is unable to vote or stand for election. That makes the relationship between Elizabeth II and Prime Ministers (PM) quite vital. She gives the PM a regular weekly audience during their term in office. If one or the other of the parties are not able to meet, they converse by telephone.

The British Constitution

The Queen has a number of personal discretionary powers under the British constitution, which includes the right to appoint the Prime Minister and other ministers. In 2003, a House of Commons select committee clarified that these powers also include a right for the Sovereign to act contrary to, or even without, ministerial advice in a "grave constitutional crisis".

Princess Elizabeth became Queen at 26 and, during her 67-year reign, 14 Prime Ministers have served the UK.