Charting Churchill: Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey, London 2014 by Leslie Hossack

Westminster Abbey, London 2014

© Leslie Hossack

After the abdication of Edward VIII in December 1936, Britain had a new monarch. On May 12th 1937, the most spectacular event of the year took place at Westminster Abbey, the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Winston and Clementine Churchill were in attendance. Winston turned to Clementine and, his eyes full of tears, said: “You were right; I see now the other one wouldn’t have done.’ (Clementine Churchill: The Biography of a Marriage, 1979, 2002, Mary Soames.) Of course, Churchill was comparing the newly anointed Queen Elizabeth with Wallis Simpson for whom King Edward VIII had abdicated.

The image featured above is part of the limited edition collector’s portfolio created by Leslie Hossack. She presents locations that chart Sir Winston Churchill’s personal and political life, from his birth at Blenheim Palace in 1874 until his death in London in 1965. THE CHURCHILL PHOTOGRAPHS are part of Hossack’s larger body of work that explores Nazi architecture in Berlin, Stalinist structures in Moscow, contested sites in Jerusalem, a Cold War bunker in Ottawa, NATO’s Headquarter Camp in Kosovo, and buildings linked to the Japanese Canadian internment during World War II.

To view more photographs, please visit Leslie’s website.

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