Good evening friends,
After a year long hiatus from writing, I’ve decided to restart my blog regarding all things Churchill.
Please, please hold your applause
“What led to this decision?” you’re probably not asking yourself but I’m going to answer anyway. After graduating from The King’s College (class of 2015) and getting married to my beautiful wife Grace, I realized just how hard it is to read and write on my own accord.
The struggle is real…
By reviving this blog I hope to further educate myself and all 5 of you reading this on the life of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill. Stay tuned for more my fellow Churchillian’s.
God save the Queen,
Brandon James Santulli
Winston Churchill had a unique sense of fashion. Barry Singer’s brilliant book Churchill Style provides an extensive analysis of Churchillian fashion. Three items in particular are worth noting.
1. The Bow Tie
As mentioned in an earlier post, Churchill’s signature navy blue and white polka dot bow tie (from Turnbull and Asser) was a tribute to his father, Lord Randolph Churchill.
2. Short Top Hat
Commonly mistaken as a bowler hat, Churchill would frequently be seen in a short top hat made by Scott & Co. Singer notes how this style of hat was “more common to the Edwardian age.”
3. The Siren Suit
Nothing but class
By far Churchill’s most well known fashion statement, his siren suit (also made by Turnbull & Asser) was a zip-up made out of one piece of fabric. Singer describes how “Churchill’s siren-suit was a fashion apotheosis of simple practicality and comfort.” Winston’s children called them his “rompers.”
Churchill had a soft spot for cats. Many felines crossed paths with Winston throughout his life.
Since 1924, resident house cats have made10 Downing street their home. When Churchill took office as Prime Minister, he inherited a black cat from Neville Chamberlain. Still frustrated at Chamberlain’s appeasement policy towards Hitler, Churchill named the cat the Munich Mouser.
On Churchill’s 88th birthday, private secretary Sir John ‘Jock’ Colville gave Winston a marmalade cat (whom he named after Sir Colville) with white paws and chest. The Churchill family grew so found of Jock that a request was made following Winston’s death for a ‘marmalade’ cat with white paws and chest to always be at the Churchill home (Chartwell). Jock VI currently lives on the estate.
Churchill’s most well known cat, Nelson, was named after British naval Admiral, Horatio Nelson because he was “the bravest cat” Winston ever knew. Winston described how he “once saw him [Nelson] chase a huge dog out of the Admiralty [and] decided to adopt him and name him after [the] great Admiral.” Churchill was so fond of Nelson that he allowed his furry companion to sit in on war cabinet meetings. Unfortunately, Nelson was never photographed.
Not Nelson but a navy cat named Winston
Lost in the shadow of VE Day (May 8th) May 9th also marks a momentous time in Churchill’s life, his final visit to America.
Churchill arriving in Washington, DC
56 years ago Lord Moran, Churchill’s doctor, wrote in his journal about Churchill’s trip and how “Winston spoke of Ike [President Dwight D. Eisenhower] as a ‘real friend.'”
Ike (left) greeting Churchill (right)
A video of the occasion shows Ike greeting Churchill upon his arrival to the States and Churchill addressing a crowd of onlookers. Winston described how he was “most happy once again to step foot in the United States…[his] mothers country.”
Churchill addressing a crowd at the airport