Do you have a picture of Churchill's wedding?

September 10, 2008 8:01:57 AM PDT
The groom was Winston Churchill, so you'd think somebody would have taken photographs on his wedding day.

In fact, someone did, but the Churchill Archives Center at Cambridge University said Wednesday that they can't be found. It appealed to the public for help.

Churchill married Clementine Hozier on Sept. 12, 1908, at St. Margaret's Church, opposite the Houses of Parliament.

The guests included future prime minister David Lloyd George and the Duke of Marlborough; King Edward VII sent a gift; and large crowds gathered outside.

"This is an early example of Churchill's popularity in London, even as a junior minister," said Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Center.

Author Tom Norgate has determined that a photographer, John William Righton, was on the scene at the couple's wedding breakfast, but the Churchill family and the archives have been unable to find any photos.

Whatever happened to the pictures, the marriage proved durable.

Churchill - Britain's prime minister in 1940-1945 and 1951-1955 - and "Clemmie" were married 56 years until his death on Jan. 24, 1965. They had five children.


Load Comments