Talk:Later life of Winston Churchill

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Churchill was due to be asked to retire in 1952[edit]

I recall in 1986 a biography of George VI which had not many years been published, but whose author I forgot, that there was concern after the Conservatives won the 1951 election about Churchill's health and that someone (I cannot recall who) had privately approached the king, who had recently had his lung removal operation, asking the latter to invite Churchill to retire (which would have made way for a new party leader to become Prime Minister instead) and that the king agreed to do this in "the new year" (1952) as he had "the constitutional prestige" (the biographer's words I recall) to make that approach. This was forestalled by the death of the king in February of 1952. I wonder if anyone with access to that biography could find this out. At the time I recall thinking the king's death cost the nation a few more years under a prime minister whose health continued to deteriorate. The book may have been published in the early 1980s as any record of the approach may have been subject to the 30 year rule.Cloptonson (talk) 15:32, 7 April 2016 (UTC)

I have today located the biography, by Dennis Judd (first published 1982) and found that no one had approached the King but Judd states the King was giving consideration while his own health was recovering, explaining that Churchill had had one stroke and was already slowing down. George VI felt it was time for Churchill to make way for Anthony Eden, who was the obvious heir to the premiership. Since none of Churchill's cabinet colleagues stood a chance of persuading him to stand down for Eden only the King had the necessary prestige to undertake the delicate task of suggesting that the time had arrived for Churchill's retirement. He decided that he would broach the subject in the new year. Judd does not mention if the king did do this. Unlike many other contemporary biographers, Judd does not give any reference footnotes. I may work this into the page's narrative.Cloptonson (talk) 14:49, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
I have added the detail, with the relevant passage quoted in the citation footnote.Cloptonson (talk) 19:55, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

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Funeral: Proposal to remove a comment[edit]

Quote: "The funeral also saw the largest assemblage of statesmen in the world since the funeral of President John F. Kennedy in 1963." Referenced by Gould, Peter (8 April 2005) "Largest Assemblage of Statesmen at funeral since Churchill". BBC News.
The link actually references the BBC News article by Gould, Peter (8 April 2005) "Holding history's largest funeral" about the funeral of Pope John Paul II -- quote: "The Italian media is comparing the funeral of John Paul II to those of Gandhi, Stalin, John F Kennedy and Churchill, and saying this will be bigger than all of them."
I've chosen to replace the quote presently in the article with information from winstonchurchill.org website that states "The funeral also saw the largest assemblage of statesmen in the world until the 2005 funeral of Pope John Paul II."--Brenont (talk) 02:39, 6 April 2018 (UTC)