This post was most recently updated on October 21st, 2018
When Churchill died, at the advanced age of 90, he was widely mourned and was recognised by friends and foes alike as the embodiment of the British national character.
Indomitable, complex, witty and combative, he once looked ahead to what would happen at the end of his life, commenting, ‘I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is ready for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.’
A national poll conducted in 2002 named him ‘the greatest Briton of all time’.