Can You Identify All These British Leaders From One Image?

HISTORY

Sameena Mughal

6 Min Quiz

Image: Wiki Commons by Philip Jelley

About This Quiz

At one point in time, kings and queens ruled the land in Great Britain with the counsel of the aristocracy and high-ranking religious officials. Over time, this group of advisors evolved into the modern British Parliament.

After being ruled by invaders for centuries, the British became the subjects of a member of Welsh society by the name of Henry Tudor. After his coronation, he became known as Henry VII. He started the Tudor house that ruled from that time on.

Royal houses came and went over the centuries, and the rulers of Britain created an empire that ruled colonies all over the world. They made a country that became a superpower that awed people beyond their shores. Monarchs and prime ministers led the way in literature, politics and military might. 

As we've come into modern times, kings and queens no longer rule the country the way they once did, but the Royals still make a great impact globally. British politicians and other powerful personalities continue to make their mark on the world stage.

In its long history, Britain has had many rulers and leaders. Take our quiz, test your knowledge, and see how much of an anglophile you are! Enjoy!

Who is this "British Bulldog?"

Prime Minister Winston Churchill earned the nickname "British Bulldog" because of his determination to win World War II. He gave rousing speeches in Parliament and on radio broadcasts.

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Can you tell us the name of this member of Parliament?

David Lammy was first elected to British Parliament in 2000 representing Tottenham. Since then, he has been a vocal advocate for social justice, diversity and the economically disadvantaged.

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She is a famous first for Parliament. What's her name?

Preet Gill became the first female Sikh Member of Parliament representing Birmingham Edgbaston in 2017. She is also the Shadow Minister for International Development, focusing on humanitarian issues.

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Who is this party leader?

Jeremy Corbyn is Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition. He became a Member of Parliament in 1983 representing Islington North. Currently, he is working to unite Great Britain amid the controversial Brexit.

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Do you know this English politician?

Theresa May is the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party. She is only the second woman to become Prime Minister. Under David Cameron, she was Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality.

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Can you tell us the name of this activist?

Professor Stuart Hall was an academic who was a leader in cultural studies. He was outspoken on several theories and philosophies. In many circles, he was known as the "godfather of multiculturalism."

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Don't lose your Whig. Who is this British politician?

Sir Robert Walpole is considered to be the first British prime minister before the position was known as such. King George II gave him a home at 10 Downing Street in 1735. This residence endured through the centuries and is now the official home for the prime minister.

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What's the name of this history maker?

Diane Abbott is significant in the history of Britain due to her being the first black woman in Parliament. In her political career spanning over 30 years, she has been a leader in financial issues and social justice.

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Do you know this World War II statesman?

Conservative Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is known to have failed in his policy of "appeasement" regarding Adolph Hitler. His miscalculation was so epic that it led him to resign from the position. Sir Winston Churchill took his place.

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He was a career politician. Do you know him?

Spencer Perceval held many positions in the British government in the 19th century. He was Solicitor General, Attorney General and Chancellor of the Exchequer before becoming Prime Minister in 1809.

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Who is this leader of the arts?

Although he arrived in England on a slave ship, Ignatius Sancho still became the first published African writer there. He started as a butler, but his creativity and intellect were recognized by the duke he worked for.

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Do you know the name of this woman of steel?

Margaret Thatcher was the first woman in the history of Britain to be elected Prime Minister. Her other notable first was to be elected Prime Minister three times in a row, one of many reasons some refer to her as one of the best of the 20th century.

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Can you say the name of this petite monarch?

Before the Iron Lady, there was Queen Victoria. Her stature didn't even reach 5 feet, but she was tough, surviving assassination attempts more than six times. While ruling a country, she also gave birth nine times.

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Who is this Anglo-Saxon ruler?

Alfred the Great was a Renaissance Man before there was a Renaissance. He was savvy in government and battle. Although not an educated man himself in his younger years, he became a scholar when he was older and encouraged those he ruled to learn.

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He believed in supporting workers. What was his name?

Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli was a forward thinker in late 19th century Britain. During the Industrial Revolution, he implemented reforms to protect workers, like the Climbing Boys Act, which prohibited the employment of children as chimney sweeps.

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Do you know this marrying man?

Tudor King, Henry the 8th was an interesting figure, to say the least. When the Pope at the time wouldn't let him annul his marriage to his first wife, he started the Church of England so he could get married again ... and again.

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Who is this Iraq War era Prime Minister?

After resigning his position of prime minister in 2007, Tony Blair started an organization called The Tony Blair Faith Foundation one year later. The goal of the group is to take steps to end poverty around the world through interfaith cooperation and education.

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She wasn't queen for a day. Who was she?

Queen Anne was the last of the Stuart line of rulers. Probably because she was always in poor health, none of her 18 pregnancies produced an heir. She was compelled to sign the monarchy over to House of Hanover.

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Can you tell us the name of this statesman?

William Ewart Gladstone was named Prime Minister of Great Britain four times. He served as a politician in various roles for more than 60 years. A member of the Liberal Party, he championed Irish home rule.

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She had a time period named after her. Who was she?

Queen Elizabeth I became one of the most remembered monarchs in history, ushering in the Elizabethan Age. She rose above challenges to her claim to the throne and took her country with her.

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What is the name of this solider and politician?

Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell was a general who helped to end the reign of the house of Stuart. He also helped England to rise again to become a major player in European politics after a decline.

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Who is this politician responsible for national health care in Britain?

Prime Minister Clement Attlee harnessed patriotism to push forward nationwide health insurance known as the National Health Service. In addition to his health reforms, he turned England into a contender in the nuclear arms race.

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What is the name of this modern leader?

David Cameron served as prime minister before the current PM, Theresa May. Criticized for his role in Brexit, he has stayed away from politics since his resignation and is currently penning a memoir.

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Do you know this Norman ruler?

The illegitimate son of the Duke of Normandy, William the Conqueror became a king of England against all the odds. After the bloody Battle of Hastings, the soldier became king on Christmas Day.

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Who is this military man?

General Thomas Gage served in the French and Indian War and went on to command the North American British forces. His military skill wasn't able to stop a rebellion that later became the American Revolution.

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Can you tell us this royal's name?

King James I initially took the throne in Scotland in 1567. Over 35 years later, he became king of England and Ireland. During his reign, the British East India Company became major trade merchants.

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What is the name of this stateswoman?

Baroness of Upholland, Catherine Ashton has held high-ranking positions in the British government since 2001. She held the position of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in departments of education and justice.

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Do you recognize this urban leader?

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is the first Muslim to be chosen for that office in a European capital city. In 2018, he made Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people.

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Can you name this retired politico for us?

Sir John Major served as prime minister during the first half of the '90s. Not the most popular leader during his tenure, his Conservative Party suffered a severe loss to the Labour Party, which led to his resignation as both prime minister and leader of the party.

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Who is this aristocrat and explorer?

Sir Walter Raleigh led a colorful life that led to his association with royalty. After gaining the favor of the first Queen Elizabeth, she made him a knight and captain of the Queen's Guard. He fell from grace with her and other monarchs, which eventually got him executed.

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This royal was dark. Can you say who he is?

Edward of Woodstock earned a reputation as a splendid warrior as a young lad of 16, but he became known as the Black Prince due to his alleged cruelty when he fought in the Hundred Years' War. He never did become king.

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Can you tell us the name of this deposed king?

After King Richard the Third's death in the Battle of Bosworth Field, the Plantagenet house came to an end, too. History knows him as a tyrant, and Shakespeare portrayed him as one, too.

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Do you know this naval officer?

A Naval officer and Member of Parliament, Samuel Pepys is probably best known for a diary he kept that named names and gave details of some of the goings-on of English high society. Later in his career, he was charged with and cleared of espionage.

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Can you name this colonial ruler?

King George III was the monarch of England during the American Revolutionary War. After the military defeat in Yorktown and the drafting of the Treaty of Paris, he officially recognized the United States.

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Do you know this warrior king?

The one-time Prince of Wales and later King Henry V started his reign when he was only 26 years old. An excellent battle commander, his claim to fame is invading France twice and winning.

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Who is this 20th century lady?

American-born Lady Nancy Astor made history as the first woman in the British Parliament. She started the position in 1919 and stayed a Member of Parliament until her retirement in 1945.

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Do you know this Corgi lover?

Queen Elizabeth II has ruled the United Kingdom for over 65 years, making her the longest ruling royal in the history of the realm. At 93 years old, she's shown no sign of slowing down.

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Can you recognize this influencer?

The British economist, William Beveridge, is famous for his role in creating social reform that led to the welfare state in England. His Beveridge Report was the basis for prime minister Clement Attlee's National Health Service.

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Could you tell us the name of this monarch?

Henry Bolingbroke or Henry IV was the first ruler of the house of Lancaster. After exile by Richard II, he returned to England as an invader but eventually won the crown.

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