Posted on 01/08/2012
BA Classics, 1910 Royal Holloway College
The Private Secretary, confidante and eventual second wife of the Prime Minister David Lloyd George, Frances Lloyd George was a phenomenon in her own right. In 1916, when David Lloyd George took on the premiership, Frances moved with him to organise his war cabinet from a private office on the ground floor of 10 Downing Street. “Are you now making munitions, governing Ireland or on the point of running the army?” wrote a college friend. No British Prime Minister had ever had a female private secretary before and it was not for another decade that women finally gained the right to compete for even the humblest administrative post. Colleagues found her tough, discreet and outstandingly able. She finally married Lloyd-George in 1943, after the death of his first wife.