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WELCOME TO BLENHEIM PALACE: 

HOME TO THE DUKES OF MARLBOROUGH

 AND CHILDHOOD & ANCESTRAL HOME TO 

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house in Woodstock, OxfordshireEngland

   

It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough

and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace

The palace, one of England’s largest houses, was built between 1705 and 1722, 

and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

 

The palace is named for the 1704 Battle of Blenheim

and thus ultimately after Blindheim (also known as Blenheim) in Bavaria

It was originally intended to be a reward to John Churchill, 

1st Duke of Marlborough for his military triumphs against the French and Bavarians 

in the War of the Spanish Succession, culminating in the Battle of Blenheim. 

The land was given as a gift, and construction began in 1705, 

with some financial support from Queen Anne

The project soon became the subject of political infighting, 

with the Crown cancelling further financial support in 1712, 

Marlborough’s three-year voluntary exile to the Continent, 

the fall from influence of his duchy and lasting damage 

to the reputation of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh.

 

Designed in the rare, and short-lived, English Baroque style, 

architectural appreciation of the palace is as divided today as it was in the 1720s.[3] 

It is unique in its combined use as a family home, 

mausoleum and national monument

The palace is notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.

 

Following the palace’s completion, 

it became the home of the Churchill (later Spencer-Churchill) family 

for the next 300 years, 

and various members of the family have wrought changes

 to the interiors, park and gardens. 

At the end of the 19th century, 

the palace was saved from ruin by funds gained from the 9th Duke of Marlborough‘s 

marriage to American railroad heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt.

 

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blenheim_Palace

 

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Lilian, 8th Duchess of Marlborough
Mary, Duchess of Marlborough by Count Pallastrelli de Celleri

BLENHEIM PALACE BUSTS & SCULPTURES

To The Memory of QUEEN ANN Under Whose Auspices JOHN DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH Conquered And to Whose Munificence He and His Posterity with Gratitude Owe the Possession of BLENHEIM A:D: MDCCXXXX:VI:
WINSTON CHURCHILL by CLARE SHERIDAN . THE TRUSTEES OF THE BLENHEIM FOUNDATION RECORD THEIR GRATITUDE TO THESE BENEFACTORS: H.R.H PRINCESS FIRVAL , PRINCE KHALID BIN ABDULLAH AL SAUD, MRS. VIVIEN DUFFIELD, MR. & MRS. MARIO DE BOTTON, MR. & MRS. SULIMAN S. OLAYAN, MR. & MRS. WAFIC R. SAID, MR. GEORGE STRAWBRIDGE Jnr. , RAPHAEL DJANOGLY, THE RAYNE FOUNDATION

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Courage is the First of all Human Qualities because it Guarantees All Others

Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars (Q.O.O.H.) Dress Uniform
CHURCHILL CREST. SPENCER CREST

      

Transcription:

      

THE PASSING OF A HERO

 

Just after 8.00am, on the 24th January 1965, Sir Winston Churchill passed away. 

His wife, Lady Churchill, and his surviving children, Randolph, Sarah and Mary, were beside him. 

     

Remarkably, Winston had predicted the exact date of his death 12 years earlier. 

In a conversation with his secretary, Jock Colville

he had stated that he would die on his father’s anniversary. 

And, indeed, his father, Lord Randolph, had died on the 24th January 1895

 

The mourning of Winston Churchill’s passing was worldwide 

and among people from every walk of life. 

Crowds congregated at British embassies 

to pass on their personal messages of condolences. 

 

General Charles de Gaulle wrote to the Queen: 

“In the great drama- he was the greatest of all!”. 

Premier Kosygin of Russia sent the message: 

” The Soviet people remember the great effort of Sir Winston Churchill 

in the years of the war against Hitlerite Germany.” 

Former President Eisenhower said he had lost 

“…a dear and close friend” and that the world had lost 

“…one of the great men of our time”.

   

   

SIR WINSTON SPENCER-CHURCHILL, KG, DIED ON THE 24TH JANUARY 1965. HE IS ONE OF ONLY FOUR BITISH PRIME MINISTERS TO BE HONOURED WITH A STATE FUNERAL. 110 WORLD LEADERS ATTENDED CEREMONY AT ST. PAAUL'S CATHEDRAL, IN LONDON, WHILE 350 MILLION AROUND THE WORLD WATCHED ON TELEVISION. ON THAT DAY, HE FINALLY TOOK THE PLACE IN BRITISH HISTORY THAT HE HAD ALWAYS FELT, FROM YOUTH, TO BE HIS DESTINY. HIS REMARKABLE STORY ENDED NEAR WHERE IT BEGAN, CLOSE TO BLENHEIM WHICH HE LOVED.

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