Europe: Remembering his finest hours

Blenheim Palace

Fifty years after his death and 75 since being appointed prime minister and delivering his “Finest Hour” speech to the House of Commons, Sir Winston Churchill is being memorialized in England and France. At Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, where Churchill was born and spent most of his childhood, a refurbished Churchill exhibition, along with the palace and its gardens, opened this month. The palace will host a variety of Churchill-related events this year, including the June opening of the Kim Wilkie-designed Memorial Garden, which is near the restored Temple of Diana, where Churchill proposed to his future wife, Clementine. About three hours north, at the National Railway Museum in York, is Churchill’s Final Journey, an exhibition that runs through May 3. The steam locomotive that pulled his funeral train on Jan. 30, 1965, from Waterloo Station in London to Hanborough, near his final resting place at St. Martin’s Church in Bladon, is on display. From April 10 to July 26, a special exhibition on Churchill and Charles de Gaulle will be featured at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris. Visitors can learn about the contributions of Churchill and the French general and president as well as “the evolution of the relations of these two great figures with crossed destinies,” according to the museum’s website.

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New York Times