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Churchill’s grandson says war leader – who was Queen’s first prime minister – ‘venerated’ late monarch

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‘She loved him and she loved her’: Churchill’s grandson Nicholas Soames says the celebrated wartime leader – who was the Queen’s first prime minister – ‘revered’ the late monarch

Winston Churchill’s grandson spoke of the beloved shared today between the celebrated wartime leader and the Queen.

Sir Nicholas Soames said Sir Winston had “venerated” the late monarch, with whom he shared a warm paternalistic friendship.

He had been her first prime minister when she came to the throne in 1952 – in his second term – and she would have a 70-year reign during which he was replaced by 14 additional prime ministers.

Sir Nicholas, 74, who was a Tory MP in Sussex from 1983 until his resignation in 2019, appeared on the BBC this morning.

He said of the late Queen and his grandfather: ‘She loved him and he loved her.

“He had known her since she was a child and he loved her very much. He revered her.’

Sir Nicholas Soames said Sir Winston had “venerated” the late monarch, with whom he shared a warm paternalistic friendship.

He had been her first prime minister when she came to the throne in 1952 - in his second term - and she would have a 70-year reign during which he was replaced by 14 additional prime ministers.

He had been her first prime minister when she came to the throne in 1952 – in his second term – and she would have a 70-year reign during which he was replaced by 14 additional prime ministers.

Sir Nicholas, 74, who was a Tory MP in Sussex from 1983 until his resignation in 2019, appeared on the BBC this morning.

Sir Nicholas, 74, who was a Tory MP in Sussex from 1983 until his resignation in 2019, appeared on the BBC this morning.

Sir Winston retired from power in 1955, just three years after her reign, and died in 1965. He was the last non-royal to receive a state funeral.

Born during Victoria’s reign, the man who won World War II was nearly 80 when 25-year-old Elizabeth became Queen, and he viewed her with grandfatherly affection.

He proclaimed a new ‘Elizabethan era’ when she became queen, offering to make him Duke of London.

Their weekly meetings were so successful that they often ran for two hours, with the unlikely couple laughing and gossiping about horse racing.

A courtier confided that their meetings were “interrupted by bursts of laughter, and Winston generally came to wipe his eyes.”

When asked decades later which of her prime ministers she’d most liked to meet, the Queen reportedly replied, “Winston, of course, because it was always so much fun.”

Churchill made no secret of his admiration for the Queen. He told a friend that “all the movie people in the world, if they had scoured the whole world, they wouldn’t have been able to find anyone so suitable for the part.”

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