Lord President of the Council

The holder of the Office of Lord President of the Council acts as Presiding officer of the Privy Council. His principal responsibility is to preside at meetings of the Privy Council. As the duties of the post are not rigorous it has often been given to a government minister, usually one of high standing, with non-departmental specific responsibilities.

Office Holder


Edmund Dudley 1506
Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk 1530 - 14 Aug 1545
William Paulet, 1st Baron St John Jan 1546 - Feb 1550
John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland Feb 1550 - Jul 1553
Henry Montague, 1st Earl of Manchester Sep 1621 - Jul 1628
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