Winston Churchill’s State Funeral - 50 Years On

Friday 30 January



On the 50th anniversary of the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, Churchill’s grandson Sir Nicholas Soames introduces this archive broadcast of the BBC’s original live transmission from 30 January 1965, which is shown with the original timings of the day’s events in 1965.

After Sir Winston’s lying-in-State in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster, the broadcast follows the funeral procession through the streets of London to the service at St Paul’s Cathedral, which is attended by Her Majesty The Queen, members of the Royal Family, politicians and many foreign Heads of State. After the service, the cortège proceeds to Tower Pier for the journey by river to Festival Hall Pier, then by road to Waterloo Station, from where Sir Winston’s body is taken by train to Bladon, near his birthplace of Blenheim Palace, to be laid to rest in the village churchyard.

The coverage is presented by Richard Dimbleby, with a special commentary tribute during the river cortège journey up the Thames by Dwight D Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States and Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during the Second World War.