the power behind the throne

the power behind the throne

someone without an official job who secretly controls an organization or government The chairman's daughter was the power behind the throne for several years before he died.
See also: behind, power, throne

the power behind the throne

someone who does not have an official position in a government or organization but who secretly controls it In his later years, the chairman's daughter was the power behind the throne.
See also: behind, power, throne
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Hence his later connection with the Foreign Office, which had, indeed, come to him as a sort of legacy from his lordship when that great man was the power behind the throne.
Then there is the defence chief, General Constantine Chiwenga, now widely thought to be positioning himself as the power behind the throne " no matter who occupies it.
Russell Goodway used to be the municipal Emperor of Cardiff, later becoming the power behind the throne for his ally Heather Joyce.
FEAST OF SAINT CECILIA, PATRON OF MUSIC 1428: Richard Nevill, Earl of Warwick, so-called Kingmaker who was the power behind the throne during the Wars Of The Roses, was born.
What all this means is that Panneerselvam is the CM of a key state, but it is Jayalalithaa who will be the power behind the throne.
Karzai is so confident of remaining the power behind the throne that he is building his "retirement" residence next to the presidential palace, but he's probably wrong.
He added: "I'm not the power behind the throne and I'm not a king maker, I can promise you that.
Married to former ruler Kim Jong-Il's sister, he held top posts in the party, was often pictured alongside his nephew at military parades and was seen by analysts as the power behind the throne.
Jang Song-Thaek, once seen as his nephew's mentor and the power behind the throne, has been stripped of all his posts for committing criminal acts and leading a "counter-revolutionary faction", state media said.
Jang was long seen as the power behind the throne and a key policy adviser to the Supreme Leader.
Adams will also be vying for Oscar consideration for her steely supporting performance as the power behind the throne.
Cash flow is the power behind the throne, the Queen who controls King Cash.
For some time, analysts believed Egyptian-born Al Zawari was operating as the power behind the throne in Al Qaeda.
Lord Mandelson, seen as the power behind the throne for the last 18 months of Mr Brown's premiership, has been marginalised since the Labour lost office in May.
PHIL PRITCHAs RD (President) THE power behind the throne on the FAW for many years, but as president he is officially the No 1 man these days.