The British Empire was once upon a time the largest empire in history and for over a century, was the foremost global power. The expansion of the empire began in late 16th century when Queen Elizabeth I granted patents to explorers to claim newer lands for England. King James I continued her legacy and promoted the extensive expansion of the British Empire. However the British began to lose several of the territories starting from the 18th century and the country went through a political upheaval. During this time, a new kind of British leaders began to emerge; Sir Robert Walpole, a British statesman, became the first person to be considered Britain's Prime Minister. Another of the nation’s Prime Ministers, Charles Grey, a member of the Whig Party, backed significant reform of the British government and is regarded as the first modern Prime Minister. Sir Winston Churchill, one of the most popular leaders of the United Kingdom was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. David Lloyd George, Stanley Baldwin, Margaret Thatcher, and James Callaghan are some others who are regarded as prominent British leaders. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous British leaders.
Queen Victoria Queen Victoria
24 May 1819
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Theresa MayTheresa May
01 October 1956
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill
30 November 1874
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher
13 October 1925
Only Woman Prime Minister of United Kingdom

Catherine, Duchess of CambridgeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge
09 January 1982
The Duchess of Cambridge

Anne BoleynAnne Boleyn
1501 AD
Marquess of Pembroke
Prince Andrew, Duke of YorkPrince Andrew, Duke of York
19 February 1960
Son of Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip

Alfred the GreatAlfred the Great
0849 AD
King of Wessex

Jeremy Bernard CorbynJeremy Corbyn
26 May 1949
Politician, Trade Unionist

Jacob Rees-MoggJacob Rees-Mogg
24 May 1969
Politician

David CameronDavid Cameron
09 October 1966
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
William the ConquerorWilliam the Conqueror
1028 AD
King of England

Tony BlairTony Blair
06 May 1953
Prime Minister of Britain

Oliver CromwellOliver Cromwell
25 April 1599
Military & Political Leader
Guy FawkesGuy Fawkes
13 April 1570
Soldier

Sadiq KhanSadiq Khan
08 October 1970
Mayor of London
Anthony EdenAnthony Eden
12 June 1897
Prime Minister of UK

Gordon BrownGordon Brown
20 February 1951
 

Benedict ArnoldBenedict Arnold
14 January 1741
American Revolutionary War General
James II Of England James II of England
14 October 1633
King of England

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of WellingtonArthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
01 May 1769
Former First Lord of the Treasury of the United
Thomas MoreThomas More
07 February 1478
Catholic Saint

Neville ChamberlainNeville Chamberlain
18 March 1869
Prime Minister of the U.K.

John MajorJohn Major
29 March 1943
Former Prime Minister of Britain

Harold WilsonHarold Wilson
11 March 1916
Former British Prime Minister
Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
13 December 1936
Imam of Nizari Ismailism
Jerry SpringerJerry Springer
13 February 1944
Talk Show Host, Former Politician, Former News

Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh
22 January 1554
Politician, Writer, Explorer, Aristocrat

Harold MacmillanHarold Macmillan
10 February 1894
Former British Prime Minister

Clement AttleeClement Attlee
03 January 1883
Former British Prime Minister
Benjamin DisraeliBenjamin Disraeli
21 December 1804
British Prime Minister

Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States

David Lloyd GeorgeDavid Lloyd George
17 January 1863
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer

John WesleyJohn Wesley
17 June 1703
Anglican Cleric and Christian Theologian

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Michael PortilloMichael Portillo
26 May 1953
Journalist, Political Leader
Thomas BecketThomas Becket
21 December 1118
Saint

Enoch PowellEnoch Powell
16 June 1912
 
James CallaghanJames Callaghan
27 March 1912
 

William WilberforceWilliam Wilberforce
24 August 1759
Abolitionist

William Ewart GladstoneWilliam Ewart Gladstone
29 December 1809
 
Robert PeelRobert Peel
05 February 1788
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Annie BesantAnnie Besant
01 October 1847
Member of the London School Board
William Pitt the YoungerWilliam Pitt the Younger
28 May 1759
Youngest Prime Minister of Britain

Randolph ChurchillRandolph Churchill
28 May 1911
Journalist, Politician

Robert WalpoleRobert Walpole
26 August 1676
First Prime Minister of Great Britain

BedeBede
0672 AD
Saint

Douglas BaderDouglas Bader
21 February 1910
Royal Air Force Pilot During World War II
Samuel PepysSamuel Pepys
23 February 1633
Member of Parliament

Tony BennTony Benn
03 April 1925
Former British Politician

Charles George GordonCharles George Gordon
28 January 1833
British soldier and Administrator

Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-PowellRobert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell
22 February 1857
Founder of the Scout Movement
Stanley BaldwinStanley Baldwin
03 August 1867
Former British Prime Minister

H. H. AsquithH. H. Asquith
12 September 1852
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Edward, the Black PrinceEdward, the Black Prince
15 June 1330
Duke of Cornwall

Ramsay MacDonaldRamsay MacDonald
12 October 1866
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Thomas CranmerThomas Cranmer
02 July 1489
First Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury
James ConnollyJames Connolly
05 June 1868
Socialist Leader

Sebastian CoeSebastian Coe
29 September 1956
Middle Distance Runner, Politician
Arthur BalfourArthur Balfour
25 July 1848
Former Prime Minister of Britain

John BunyanJohn Bunyan
28 November 1628
Writer, Preacher

William Pitt, 1st Earl of ChathamWilliam Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
15 November 1708
The Great Commoner
John Graves SimcoeJohn Graves Simcoe
25 February 1752
First Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada

Chaim WeizmannChaim Weizmann
27 November 1874
Former President of Israel
Charles Stewart ParnellCharles Stewart Parnell
27 June 1846
Leader of the Irish Home Rule League

George FoxGeorge Fox
30 June 1624
Author

David BlunkettDavid Blunkett
06 June 1947
Former British Home Secretary

Rick RescorlaRick Rescorla
27 May 1939
Army Officer
James OglethorpeJames Oglethorpe
22 December 1696
Founder of the colony of Georgia
George CanningGeorge Canning
11 April 1770
Former British Prime Minister

Matthew HenryMatthew Henry
18 October 1662
Author

Rab ButlerRab Butler
09 December 1902
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer

Robert WinstonRobert Winston
15 July 1940
Surgeon, Scientist, TV Presenter
Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of AlameinBernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
17 November 1887
Allied Commander in World War II

John WilkesJohn Wilkes
17 October 1725
English journalist

Samuel ChaseSamuel Chase
17 April 1741
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of

John French, 1st Earl of YpresJohn French, 1st Earl of Ypres
28 September 1852
British Army Officer

Lord MountbattenLord Mountbatten
25 June 1900
Last Viceroy of British India and Governor-General
David TrimbleDavid Trimble
15 October 1944
First Minister of Northern Ireland

Ernest BevinErnest Bevin
09 March 1881
British statesman
Philippa of LancasterPhilippa of Lancaster
31 March 1359
 

King James IKing James I
19 June 1566
King of Scotland

Charles KingsleyCharles Kingsley
12 June 1819
Priest
Austen ChamberlainAusten Chamberlain
16 October 1863
Politician

Horatio NelsonHoratio Nelson
29 September 1758
Admiral
Ben BradshawBen Bradshaw
30 August 1960
Politician

Tony ClementTony Clement
27 January 1961
Member of the Canadian House of Commons

Thomas FairfaxThomas Fairfax
17 January 1612
Political leader

John BrightJohn Bright
16 November 1811
British Radical and Liberal Politician
Arthur HendersonArthur Henderson
13 September 1863
Politician

Charles IICharles II
29 May 1630
King of England, Scotland & Ireland
Philip Noel-BakerPhilip Noel-Baker
01 November 1889
Politician

Lord NorthLord North
13 April 1732
 

Nancy AstorNancy Astor
19 May 1879
First Woman MP in the House of Commons

Lord ActonLord Acton
10 January 1834
 
James DouglasJames Douglas
15 August 1803
British colonial governor on Vancouver Island (now