The Order of Service and The Ceremonial To Be Observed for the Funeral of The Right Honourable Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, K.G., O.M., C.H., 30th January 1965
The Earl Marshal of England, the Duke of Norfolk
Price: 300.00 USD
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1965. These two scarce and lovely booklets are The Order of Service and The Ceremonial To Be Observed printed for Churchill's full state funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral on 30 January 1965. On Sunday, 24 January 1965, Winston Churchill died at the age of 90. By the time of his death, he had become "a living national memorial" of the time he had lived and the Nation, Empire, and free world he had served. His death completed his transformation into a national icon. The day after Churchill died, on 25 January, the Queen sent a message to Parliament announcing: "Confident in the support of Parliament for the due acknowledgement of our debt of gratitude and in thanksgiving for the life and example of a national hero" and concluded "I have directed that Sir Winston's body shall lie in State in Westminster Hall and that thereafter the funeral service shall be held in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul." The outpouring of national and international sorrow and regard - from friends and foes, sympathizers and opponents alike - was both remarkable and effusive. Churchill's full state funeral at the Cathedral of St. Paul in London was attended by the Queen herself, other members of the royal family, the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, and representatives of 112 countries. Churchill was interred in St. Martin's churchyard, Bladon, Oxfordshire. It was the first time in a century that a British monarch attended a commoner's funeral. The original pair of booklets offered here detail the elaborate 30th January 1965 funeral proceedings for Winston Churchill. Both The Ceremonial to be Observed at the Funeral and The Order of Service for the Funeral were beautifully printed on heavy paper stock by Her Majesty's Stationery Office. Both booklets are bound in cardstock wraps printed and bordered in deep purple with the Churchill crest on both covers. The Ceremonial to be Observed at the Funeral measures 10.5 x 7.25 inches and is 12 pages in length. The Order of Service for the Funeral measures 7.25 x 5.25 inches, and is 20 pages in length. This particular pair is in very good overall condition, complete and sound with some minor cosmetic blemishes. The card wraps of both documents are bright and complete, the smaller Order of Service particularly so, with only a hint of trivial soiling to the rear cover, uncorroded binding staples, and no appreciable wear. The larger Ceremonial to be Observed front cover remains bright with only a few small spots. The blank rear cover, however, shows significant overall soiling and the original binding staples are a bit corroded, with a little staining to the adjacent paper. The contents of both documents are notably clean. First edition.