Summer 1963 (Age 88)

After Sir Winston announced that he would not stand for Parliament at the next general election, some suggested that he should be made an honorary member of the House of Commons. Others objected that it would be an affront to the principle of elected representation. There is no record of Churchill’s views on the suggestion.

On his next visit to the Commons he was escorted to his seat below the gangway byhis son-in-law, Christopher Soames. Prime minister Macmillan welcomed him back as “our most distinguished member.”

In July the Churchills grieved for their daughter Sarah whose husband, Lord Audley, died in Granada, Spain.

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