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Elizabeth II was ‘very understanding’ of world monetary issues – Gordon Brown



Queen Elizabeth II was “very understanding” of the issues going through the world through the 2008 monetary disaster, Gordon Brown has mentioned.

The previous prime minister has been recalling his many conferences with the Queen forward of her funeral on Monday.

He first met the Queen almost 4 many years in the past when she opened the Mossmorran chemical plant in Fife in 1986.

Mr Brown, a former Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP, would then attend common audiences with the Queen as he introduced the price range as Chancellor and later as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010.

His tenure got here through the extreme world financial disaster which plunged Britain into recession.



She was diligent, dutiful, learn the entire papers and by no means tried to inform you what to do, however was all the time able to ask questions

Gordon Brown

Talking on BBC Radio Scotland’s the Sunday Present, Mr Brown mentioned: “She was very understanding of the issues that all of us confronted on the time of the worldwide monetary disaster.”

The late monarch, he mentioned, volunteered to entertain world leaders on the G20 assembly in 2009 – as the results of the disaster took maintain.

In the course of the assembly, the Queen put former Italian minister Silvio Berlusconi “in his place” for arriving late.

Mr Brown recalled: “We had this group {photograph} and he or she was on the centre. I used to be sitting subsequent to her, Obama was there.

“Berlusconi rushes in late and shouts ‘Obama’ and needs to be the centre of consideration – rushes proper as much as the Queen and Obama.

“And, in fact, the sternest look, I’ve by no means seen something prefer it. Berlusconi was definitely put in his place by the Queen.”

The previous Labour chief additionally advised how the Queen was all the time updated with present affairs however by no means tried to “impose her will” on the elected Authorities.

(Left-right) Former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown through the Accession Council ceremony at St James’s Palace, London, the place King Charles III was formally proclaimed monarch (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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He added: “She was diligent, dutiful, learn the entire papers and by no means tried to inform you what to do, however was all the time able to ask questions.

“She requested me ‘why did the bankers achieve this badly?’ due to the monetary disaster however she would by no means impose her will.”

“I feel the dignified position of the monarchy which Prince Charles has promised to uphold, has actually been established in the best way she handled the enterprise of state, that she was there to hear,” he added.

“She was there to ask questions, however she wasn’t there to impose her will. That was for the elected parliament of the day.”

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