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Churchill Centre’s Tribute to Mary Soames

Special issue of Finest Hour due out in September

ladysoames1100Commemorating the life of our late Patron, The Lady Soames LG DBE, the first-ever special edition of Finest Hour will be published next month. Mary, the last surviving child of Winston Churchill, touched many lives and witnessed much history firsthand before she passed away at the age of 91 on May 31st. The outpouring of condolences and memories has been overwhelming. Finest Hour editor Richard M. Langworth has assembled fifty of these reminiscenses to mark this milestone event. This will be a unique issue for a unique lady.

Acclaimed actor Robert Hardy, who portrayed Winston Churchill eleven times on stage and screen, has written a wonderful account of his friendship with Mary, who was greatly impressed by his performances. The Churchill Centre Chairman, Laurence Geller, writes about “What We Have Lost”, and Mary’s daughter Emma Soames reflects on “My Dear Mama.”

Starting in 1988 Lady Soames served for many years as Chairman of the Board of the Royal National Theatre. Former RNT Artistic Director Richard Eyre describes working with her and discovering for himself the sturdy Churchillian resolve that lay within.

Mary Soames produced several excellent books about her family’s history. Included in this tribute, then, are her own reflections on “Winston Churchill as [a] Father and Family Man.” The original reviews of all of her books in Finest Hour will be republished along with a new review of the one book she wrote that did not directly touch on her father. The Profligate Duke chronicled the idiosyncratic life of her ancestor the fifth Duke of Marlborough.

Additionally, there are several pages of Messages From Friends, the memories provided by many members of The Churchill Centre who had the privilege to know and love this great woman. To become a member of The Churchill Centre and receive this special issue, plese CLICK HERE.

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