Great Britain, also called the United Kingdom, is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The head of the United Kingdom is the reigning King or Queen (currently Queen Elizabeth II), but the head of the government is the Prime Minister. Following the long held tradition, the Prime Minister of the UK lives at 10 Downing Street in London. Although the role is somewhat different, and has changed over the years, the Prime Minister is considered to be the British equivalent of the president of the United States.
Who was the first Prime Minister of Great Britain
Officially, the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was Sir Robert Walpole. He became the First Lord of the Treasury in 1721. Although the role of the Prime Minister has changed over the centuries, Sir Robert Walpole did have many of the same roles and duties as the current leader of parliament. He was also the first to live at 10 Downing Street, which was given to him as a gift from the King in 1735. He spent 20 years, 314 days in the position, which is still the record for the longest serving Prime Minister. Allegedly, he used bribery and corruption to retain power for so long.
Although the position of Prime Minister is now the most important in British politics, it was never originally created. In fact many of the first “Prime Ministers” refused to use the title to refer to themselves. The title of Prime Minister wasn’t officially recognized until 1905 when it was added to the order of precedence. This is basically an ordered list of the most important people in the United Kingdom.