Winston Churchill from a very young age believed that he had a great destiny to fulfil. Visiting his grandparents, The Duke and Duchess of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace, he would often gaze up at the massive tapestries that covered the walls. The ancient tapestries depicted the battles won by his ancestor, the great John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.
At the age of seventeen, while attending Harrow School, he told his friend Murland Evans that he had dreams about the future: ‘I tell you I shall be in command of the defences of London… In the high position I shall occupy, it will fall to me to save the Capital and save the Empire’.
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