UK prime ministerial spouses have no formal role, but they are still part of the spotlight. Here are the seven who are still alive.
1. Philip May
Philip is husband of incumbent prime minister Theresa May. He has worked in the City, and is currently a Capital Group relationship manager, according to the BBC. The site also reports that he met the prime minister at a Conservative Association disco at Oxford University.
The couple appeared on the One Show in the run-up to June’s snap election.
2. Samantha Cameron
At 46, Samantha is currently the youngest living spouse of a British prime minister. During her time in Downing Street, Cameron left her full-time job at Smythson to work two days a week as a “creative consultant” for the firm, as reported by the BBC. Since leaving Downing Street, she started her “new contemporary women’s wear brand” earlier this year, as reported in Prestige Magazine.
3. Sarah Brown
The 53-year-old wife of Gordon Brown is a health and education campaigner, according to her website. She started seeing Brown in 1996, and married him in 2000 he was serving as chancellor of the exchequer, as reported by the BBC.
She is a very prominent Twitter user with over 1.2 million followers.
4. Cherie Blair
Blair lived in Downing Street with her husband Tony Blair for over ten years. According to her website, she is an equality campaigner. She is also a lawyer, and has worked as a part-time judge, according to the BBC.
5. Norma Major
6. Mary Wilson
That’s right – Mary Wilson, wife of Labour’s third prime minister Harold Wilson is still kicking about. Aged 101, she is known for her poetry, according to the Independent, and is the oldest living spouse of any UK prime minister.
7. Clarissa Eden
Anthony Eden succeeded Winston Churchill as prime minister in 1955, only to resign from the post two years later following his failed mission into Suez. After divorcing Beatrice Beckett in 1950, Eden married Clarissa Spencer-Churchill – niece of Winston Churchill – in 1952. The pair remained married until Eden’s death in 1977.
Born in 1920, she was twenty-three years younger than her husband.
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