Churchill – A Na­tion’s Farewell

Late Jan­uary

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On 24 Jan­uary 1965, Win­ston Churchill died nine days af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­vere stroke. Op­er­a­tion Hope Not, the plan to give Bri­tain’s war leader the grand­est of send-offs, swung into ac­tion. Just six days later, Churchill’s state fu­neral was held at St Paul’s Cathe­dral, a venue cho­sen be­cause it was also where na­tional he­roes Nel­son and Welling­ton were com­mem­o­rated. Queen El­iz­a­beth II, who doesn’t usu­ally at­tend the fu­ner­als of ‘com­mon­ers’, was among the mourn­ers.

In a doc­u­men­tary to mark 50 years since the event, Jeremy Pax­man looks back at a day when a mil­lion peo­ple thronged the streets of the cap­i­tal to pay their re­spects. Pax­man meets those who were in­volved in the events of that day, in­clud­ing sol­diers who car­ried the cof­fin and mem­bers of Churchill’s own fam­ily.

Win­ston Churchill’s state fu­neral on 30 Jan­uary 1965

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