An original press photo of Sir Winston S. Churchill, Lady Clementine Churchill, and their granddaughter, Edwina Sandys on Clementine's 78th birthday, 1 April 1963
An original press photo of Sir Winston S. Churchill, Lady Clementine Churchill, and their granddaughter, Edwina Sandys on Clementine's 78th birthday, 1 April 1963

An original press photo of Sir Winston S. Churchill, Lady Clementine Churchill, and their granddaughter, Edwina Sandys on Clementine's 78th birthday, 1 April 1963

London: Planet News Ltd., April 1963. Photograph. This original press photograph captures Sir Winston S. Churchill, Lady Clementine Churchill, and their granddaughter, Edwina Dixon, on 1 April 1963, in the car on the way to their Hyde Park Gate home after a luncheon celebrating Clementine’s 78th birthday. This press photo once belonged to The Daily Telegraph’s working archive. The image measures 8.25 x 10 in (21 x 25.4 cm) on glossy photo paper. Condition is very good. The paper is crisp and clean with only some light edge wear, a crease on the upper left corner, and light scuffing visible only under raking light. The verso features the copyright stamp of “Planet News Ltd.”, a purple received stamp of The Daily Telegraph from April 1963, and a typed caption. The unusually voluble original caption is titled “SHE SHARES HER DAY OF GLORY:” and reads: “LONDON: LADY CLEMENTINE CHURCHILL, seventy-eight today, shares her day of glory with her husband, octogenarian, SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL and their proud grand daughter, MRS EDWINA DIXON, as they travel in the car to their Hyde Park Gate Home this afternoon. The trio had attended a birthday luncheon for Lady Churchill at the London flat of Mr and Mrs Christopher Soames. Mrs Soames, is the Churchill’s daughter Mary. Sir Winston who shortly hopes to enjoy another Riviera holiday, smokes his inevitable cigar and clutches a muff on his lap. This evening, Lady Churchill will go to the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, for the first night of her daughter Sarah’s play, “From This Hill” written by Sarah’s husband, Lord Henry Audley. Quite a family affair, except Sir Winston will not be attending.” Churchill’s official biographer, Sir Martin Gilbert, notes that despite Churchill’s failing health and motor difficulties he handwrote a birthday note to Clementine as had been his tradition for fifty-five years. In a shaky hand he wrote, “My darling One, This is only to give you my fondest love and kisses, a hundred times repeated. I am a pretty dull & paltry scribbler; but my stick as I write carries my heart along with it. Yours ever & always”. (Vol. VIII, p. 1342) This photograph was taken in the twilight of Churchill’s remarkable life, less than two years before his death. Six years earlier, on 5 April 1955, Churchill had resigned his second and final premiership at the age of 80. By May 1, Churchill had made up his mind and announced his decision not to stand again for Parliament, to which he had first been elected in 1900 while Queen Victoria was still on the throne. During the final years of his life, Churchill passed "into a living national memorial" of the time he had lived and the Nation, Empire, and free world he had served.   The day after Churchill died, on 25 January 1965, the Queen sent a message to Parliament announcing: "Confident in the support of Parliament for the due acknowledgement of our debt of gratitude and in thanksgiving for the life and example of a national hero" and concluded "I have directed that Sir Winston's body shall lie in State in Westminster Hall and that thereafter the funeral service shall be held in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.”  Churchill's state funeral was attended by the Queen herself, other members of the royal family, the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, and representatives of 112 countries. It was the first time in a century that a British monarch attended a commoner’s funeral. Item #005401

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