National Geographic : 1965 Aug
U AMOUS have been the reigns of our SQueens," Churchill said on the accession of Elizabeth II to the throne. He had known her all her life, and she was the sixth mon arch he had served. On April 4, 1955, the day before his final retirement as Prime Min ister, Sir Winston entertained Elizabeth at a farewell dinner at No. 10 Downing Street. Beside him to greet the radiant Queen stood Lady Churchill, his beloved "Clemmie." He met the vivacious Clementine Hozier in 1908, married her the same year, and "lived happily ever afterwards"-56 years. " W E MUST AIM at nothing less than the Union of Europe as a whole," Church ill told the Congress of Europe at The Hague in 1948. "After all, Europe has only to arise and stand in her own majesty, faithfulness and virtue, to confront all forms of tyranny, ancient or modern...." The responding ovation (right) brought tears to his eyes. 196 Three times he addressed Congress-an unprecedented privilege for a foreigner. Once he commented that, had his father rather than his mother been American, "I might have got here on my own" (record, page 198). At Fulton, Missouri, in March, 1946-a scant year after the war-the old prophet, now turned out of office, sounded the tocsin on the growing threat of the Soviet Union. "From Stettin in the Baltic," said Churchill, "to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent...." The American people returned the doughty warrior's affection and respect in full meas ure.* By vote of both Houses of Congress, Winston Churchill became an honorary citi zen of the United States. President John F. Kennedy signed the proclamation on April 9, 1963. "By adding his name to our rolls," said *This past June, Alaska honored Sir Winston by giv ing a 15,638-foot peak in the Wrangell Mountains the name of Mount Churchill.