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Tribute to Churchill : the British hero of WWII


Sir Winston Churchill


Even 50 years after his death, Britain’s most stylish prime minister is still looking good

  • Sir Winston speaking in Blackpool, Lancashire, 1954 © Marc Riboud/ Magnum Photos

There’s a quote among the legions of juicy aperçus attributed to Sir Winston Churchill that seems to sum up his personal style: “I am a man of simple tastes. I am easily satisfied with the best.”

Half a century after his death, amid a slew of new books and TV documentary tributes, it's clear that our fascination with Sir Winston shows no sign of abating. And a large part of that fascination is the sense that, behind his stellar achievements – revered statesman, decorated soldier, accomplished painter, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and, oh yes, arguably the greatest wartime leader of the 20th century – is someone who lived life on his own exacting terms.

“He wasn’t a dandy in the classic sense, but there was certainly an artistry in the way he conducted himself, from his dress to his accessories,” says Mr Barry Singer, author of the book Churchill Style. This, after all, was a man whose valet wielded a silver-mounted Asprey thermometer to test the temperature of his bathwater, and who always wore pale pink silk undershorts and vests bought in bulk from the Army & Navy stores, . From the start, Sir Winston had a theatrical sense of himself: “We are all worms,” he once said, “but I believe that I am a glow-worm.”

Winston Churchill is one of the best-known, and some say one of the greatest, statesmen of the 20th century. Though he was born into a life of privilege, he dedicated himself to public service. His legacy is a complicated one–he was an idealist and a pragmatist; an orator and a soldier; an advocate of progressive social reforms and an unapologetic elitist; a defender of democracy as well as of Britain’s fading empire–but for many people in Great Britain and elsewhere, Winston Churchill is simply a heroof WWII  because he fought against nazism and urged British people to fight for victory and  never surrender .

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