Prince Charles has visited the historical home of Winston Churchill – the man who led Britain during World War II.
Prince Charles, who is the president of the National Trust, visited Chartwell house. The house is Churchill’s former family home which is excellently preserved and contains hundreds of items owned by Churchill.
The Prince received a tour of the house by Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill who spent his childhood there.
The National Trust launched a public appeal to fundraise £7 million. The appeal is incredibly close to its target at £6 million after receiving numerous donations from the public, organisations and a £3.45 million grant from the National Lottery. The money will be used to secure some of Churchill’s treasured possessions.
During the tour by Soames, Prince Charles saw some of the items that have so far been secured by the appeal. These included a speech box, Freedom Awards, a Nobel Prize for literature, as well as his very first and very last oil paintings which still hang in the studio.
Sir Soames highlighted some of his favourite photographs of his grandfather, including one which pictures Sir Churchill campaigning with a bulldog.
Zoë Colbeck, the general manager for Chartwell House, said: “It was a great honour to welcome the Prince of Wales to Chartwell today and to introduce him to staff, volunteers and some of the many people across the world who have supported the appeal.
“We’re delighted that we have almost reached our target, but we will continue to fundraise so that we can complete our acquisition of the final objects in the collection and our wider project that will ensure Churchill’s legacy for future generations at the home he loved.”
If the trust meets it £7.1 million target, they hope to rebuild a two-storey treehouse on the ground to replicate what it was like in Sir Churchill’s day.
More information on the “Keep Churchill at Chartwell” appeal can be found here.