Summer 1961 (Age 86)

One of the visitors to Sir Winston’s home at Hyde Park Gate was Sir Anthony Eden, who told him that he had been offered and would accept an earldom.

In 1895 young Winston had been gazetted to the 4th Hussars. This summer he attended a dinner which revived many memories of those days. The regiment. now known as the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars, hosted their famous colleague at a regimental dinner at Quaglino’s. Because the ballroom was below street level, the Hussars had a service elevator converted into an elegant one with brown felt on its walls, red carpet on the floor, and two brass pedestal ashtrays in the corners.

Lord Beaverbrook visited him at Chartwell to congratulate him on a great win by his new horse. High Hat. He reciprocated the visit to Beaverbrook’s villa when he and Lady Churchill went to France in August on their way to Monte Carlo.

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