List of senior members of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom

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This is a list of the most senior Privy Counsellors in length of service of England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom since 1708.

Privy Counsellor Appointed Became senior Died
Henry Compton 1679 1708 1713
Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham 1680 1713 1730
Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough 1689 1730 1735
Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle 1701 1735 1738
Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset 1701 1738 1748
William Legge, 1st Earl of Dartmouth 1702 1748 1750
Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke 1710 1750 1751
Henry Hyde, 4th Earl of Clarendon 1710 1751 1753
Sir James Lowther, 4th Baronet 1714 1753 1755
Sir Paul Methuen 1714 1755 1757
Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset 1714 1757 1765
Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle 1717 1765 1768
Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea 1725 1768 1769
Charles Douglas, 3rd Duke of Queensberry 1726 1769 1778
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich 1748 1778 1792
Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire 1754 1792 1793
Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford 1755 1793 1803
George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend 1760 1803 1807
George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough 1762 1807 1817
Lord Charles Spencer 1763 1817 1820
Henry Carteret, 1st Baron Carteret 1770 1820 1826
Lord Robert Spencer 1782 1826 1831
Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby 1783 1831 1834
John Villiers, 3rd Earl of Clarendon 1787 1834 1838
Alleyne FitzHerbert, 1st Baron St Helens 1787 1838 1839
Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth 1789 1839 1844
Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby 1790 1844 1847
Prince Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale 1799 1847 1851
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne 1806 1851 1863
Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston 1809 1863 1865
Robert Jocelyn, 3rd Earl of Roden 1812 1865 1870
Stratford Canning, 1st Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe 1820 1870 1880
George Chichester, 3rd Marquess of Donegall 1830 1880 1883
Robert Grosvenor, 1st Baron Ebury 1830 1883 1893
Henry Grey, 3rd Earl Grey 1835 1893 1894
William Ewart Gladstone 1841 1894 1898
Spencer Horatio Walpole (jointly) 1852 1898 1898
John Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland (jointly until 1898) 1852 1898 1906
John Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer (jointly) 1859 1906 1910
Henry Reynolds-Moreton, 3rd Earl of Ducie (jointly until 1910) 1859 1906 1921
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn 1871 1921 1942
William Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland 1886 1942 1943
Robert Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe 1892 1943 1945
James Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater 1898 1945 1949
Sir Winston Churchill 1907 1949 1965
Philip Cunliffe-Lister, 1st Earl of Swinton 1922 1965 1972
Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester 1925 1972 1974
Sir Henry Slesser 1929 1974 1979
Malcolm MacDonald 1935 1979 1981
Henry Somerset, 10th Duke of Beaufort 1936 1981 1984
Harold Balfour, 1st Baron Balfour of Inchrye 1941 1984 1988
William Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel (jointly) 1946 1988 1997
Hartley Shawcross, Baron Shawcross (jointly until 1997) 1946 1988 2003
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1951 2003 Living

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