At the Royal Yacht Squadron are, from left, Commodore Michael Campbell, Linda Campbell, Randolph Churchill, Catherine Churchill and Serena Churchill. Picture by Peter Boam.
RELATIVES of Britain’s great wartime leader, Sir Winston Churchill, have celebrated their ties with the Isle of Wight.
The family, including Churchill’s great-grandson, Randolph Churchill, spent time on the Isle of Wight this month to mark the 140th anniversary of how Churchill’s parents, Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome, met on HMS Ariadne, anchored off Cowes, in 1873.
The couple fell in love and were engaged two days later at Rosetta Cottage, on Cowes seafront, on August 14, 1873.
In 1886, Winston’s father, Randolph, who was then chancellor of the exchequer, visited Queen Victoria, at Osborne House, which the family visited during their recent stay.
They also held a commemorative dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes.
An exhibition, sponsored by the County Press, exploring the links between Sir Winston’s family and the Island, will run until September 1 at Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Freshwater.
For more information about the exhibition, click here.