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Robert Blake and Wm. Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206262.001.0001

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Churchill and the Monarchy

Churchill and the Monarchy

(p.187) 11 Churchill and the Monarchy

Paul Addison

Oxford University Press

The family into which Winston Churchill was born was far from one in which loyalty to the blood royal transcended every other consideration. Dukes tended to believe that they were as good as any monarch. His father, Lord Randolph, had quarrelled so ferociously with the Prince of Wales that there had been talk of a duel and he became for some years a pariah in London society. That was far in the past by the time Churchill began to come into contact with the royal family of Britain; his father had long been forgiven and his mother was high in the royal favour. But while he was brought up to regard the monarchy as a powerful institution deserving of respect, there was no suggestion that the occupant of the throne should be treated with undue deference. This chapter looks at Churchill's attitudes toward British monarchs, including King Edward VII, King George V, King Edward VIII, and King George VI.

Keywords:   Winston Churchill, monarchy, royal family, Britain, monarchs, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI

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