Death of a states­man

Country Life Every Week - - Country Life 1897–2017 -

THE late Sir Win­ston Churchill ap­pears on the Fron­tispiece: ‘When The Queen ar­rived [at the fu­neral] with The Duke of Ed­in­burgh and The Prince of Wales, there were in­deed few parts of the world that were not rep­re­sented… Their of­fi­cial re­li­gious faiths were even more var­ied, and many men who came were avowed ag­nos­tics… Yet the mo­ment the flag-cov­ered cof­fin came to rest on the catafalque amid six giant can­dles, there de­scended upon that vast cos­mopoli­tan assem­bly a si­lence that was more mem­o­rable than the boom­ing of ar­tillery salutes. It was a si­lence that uni­fied. The spirit of Churchill had en­tered’ (Fe­bru­ary 4, 1965).

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