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Charting Churchill: Windsor Castle

Tower by King Henry VIII Gate, Windsor Castle, Windsor 2014 by Leslie Hossack

Tower Near King Henry VIII Gate, Windsor Castle, Windsor 2014

© Leslie Hossack

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill received a vast number of honours, orders, decorations and medals. The highest honour for civil and military service in Britain is Knight of the Garter. Churchill was invested with the Garter on April 24th 1953 and installed at Windsor Castle on June 14th 1954. This knighthood takes precedence over all of his other titles: Sir Winston Churchill KG, OM, CH and so on. His wife Clementine accordingly became Lady Churchill.

The Order of the Garter, the oldest British Order of Chivalry, was founded by King Edward III in 1348. Knights of the Garter are personally selected by the Monarch, and membership is limited to 25 knights plus the Sovereign. It was Queen Elizabeth II who formally invested Sir Winston Churchill in the Throne Room at Windsor Castle. Then, after a luncheon, the knights processed in their full regalia to a service in St. George’s Chapel, located within the Castle walls.

This Garter ceremonial has taken place every year since 1948 when it was revived by King George VI. Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne upon the death of her father George VI on February 6th 1952. Winston Churchill was Queen Elizabeth’s first Prime Minister; she was 25 and he was 77. Sir Winston continued to serve as her Prime Minister until April 5th 1955 when he resigned from that position at age 80.

The image featured above is part of the limited edition collector’s portfolio created by Leslie Hossack to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill. She presents locations that chart 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.  lesliehossack.com

Charting Churchill: Round Tower, Windsor Castle, Windsor

Round Tower, Windsor Castle, Windsor 2014 by Leslie Hossack

Round Tower, Windsor Castle, Windsor 2014

© Leslie Hossack

Throughout the 1930s, Winston Churchill often found himself taking positions that were not popular. In 1931, he spoke out against the government’s desire to grant Dominion Status to India, and beginning in 1932, he began talking about Germany’s rearmament and criticizing Britain’s lack of military preparation.

Then, in 1936, a new issue set Churchill apart. In January, King George V died and his son became King Edward VIII. Edward wanted to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson, but their marriage was opposed by the government. The “abdication crisis” played out for almost a year. Churchill supported Edward, and spoke on his behalf in the House of Commons on December 7th 1936, but was shouted down.

On December 10th 1936, Edward VIII signed the Instrument of Abdication, and the next day he made a worldwide radio broadcast from Windsor Castle, pictured above. Edward’s speech included the following lines: “A few hours ago I discharged my last duty as King and Emperor… But you must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.”

In addition to his political activities in the 1930s, Winston Churchill kept himself very busy writing. He published Thoughts and Adventures (1932), four volumes of Marlborough: His Life and Times (1933-1938), Great Contemporaries (1937), Arms and the Covenant (1938) and Step by Step (1936-1939). Also, in 1932 he had received an advance for a major work, The History of the English-Speaking Peoples, which would be published in four volumes in 1956-1958. In spite of all this, in 1938 financial burdens caused him to put his country home Chartwell on the market; however, a friend stepped in and saved Churchill from financial ruin.

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.  lesliehossack.com