Sir Winston Churchill

To discover more about Sir Winston Churchill's life at Blenheim Palace, explore our newly reinvigorated permanent Churchill exhibition, visit the Memorial Garden and 'Walk in Churchill's Footsteps' with our new trail.

Take a look at the timeline below to explore the milestones in the life of Sir Winston Churchill.

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Sir Winston Churchill
  • Born at Blenheim Palace

    Born at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Son of Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome

    Born at Blenheim Palace
  • Attended Harrow School

    Attended Harrow School
  • Lord Randolph Churchill dies

    Lord Randolph Churchill dies (Sir Winston Churchill's father).

  • Attended and graduated from the Royal Military College at Sandhurst

  • Joined the British Army

    Commissioned into the 4th Hussars, a cavalry regiment of the British Army.

    Joined the British Army
  • Military service in Egypt, India and Sudan

  • Campaigns for Parliament

  • Leaves the Conservative Party

    Leaves the Conservative Party and joins the Liberal Party.

  • Elected into Parliament as MP for Oldham

  • Proposes to Clementine Hozier

    Proposes to Clementine Hozier in the Temple of Diana, Blenheim Palace.

    Proposes to Clementine Hozier
  • Marries Clementine Hozier

  • Becomes First Lord of the Admiralty

  • WWI begins

  • WWI ends

  • Signs the Anglo-Irish treaty

  • Appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer

    Appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • WWII begins

  • "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat..."

    Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister and delivers his first speech to the House of Commons.

  • "We shall fight on the beaches..."

    Winston Churchill's second famous WWII speech given to the House of Commons. In this speech, he spoke of the great military disaster that was Dunkirk and warned of the expected invasion by Nazi Germany.

  • "This was their finest hour..."

    Winston Churchill's third famous war time speech prepares the nation for the Battle of Britain...

  • "Never was so much owed by so many to so few..."

    This speech referred to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Force pilots who were at the time fighting the Battle of Britain, the pivotal air battle between the German Luftwaffe and Britain’s RAF.

  • VE Day

    Victory in Europe Day, also known as VE Day, marked the formal acceptance by the allied forces of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.

  • WWII ends

  • Elected Prime Minister for a second term

  • Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Is made an honorary American citizen

  • Dies at the age of 90

    Dies at the age of 90 and is buried at St Martin’s Churchyard in Bladon, Oxfordshire, within sight of Blenheim Palace.

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