Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill is one of the many big names that the Island of Madeira had the honor of having as a visitor. Other visitors we can remember are Empress Sissi of Austria, Emperor Karl I of Austria - Karl von Habsburg (also known as Charles IV of Hungary), or George Bernard Shaw and so on.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, a nature lover, visited the island not only because of his landscape, the flowers, the beautiful scenes for his paintings, ... but also to recover from the fatigue and illness which he started to suffer in those days.

Accompanied by his wife Clementine and his daughter Diana, Churchill arrived aboard the liner, The Durban Castle, in Funchal on January 2, 1950. They stayed at the Reid's Hotel. Churchill worked on his war memoranda and was impressed by the various landscapes that Madeira had to offer (and still offers), such as Camâra de Lobos, where he painted various pictorial depictions of the village.

On 8 January 1950 he went to Câmara de Lobos, seven kilometers west of Funchal, in a Rolls Royce of the Leacock family. At the entrance of the village he put up his easel and canvas, sat down and painted the bay and the island. Photographer Raul Perestrelo immortalized this moment and the location is currently known as the Winston Churchill viewpoint.

This illustrious visitor should have stayed in Madeira until January 16, but he changed his return to the 12th, due to the upcoming general election in England, which would take place in February of that year. He left the island on board of a seaplane from the English company Aquila Airways, his wife and daughter had returned on the originally planned date.

Sir Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine

Sir Winston Churchill painting in Camara de Lobos Madeira

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