And so the day that had to come has come

The coffin lies in state

These words were used to introduce the I.T.V. programme and on the following pages are the words of Winston Churchill that were broadcast during the funeral procession.

‘And so the day that had to come has come. We begin it now. This is the day of Winston Churchill’s funeral, a notable and memorable morning in the chronicle of our country. It is a strange thing to say, at the opening of a new day, that we must liken it to the setting of the sun. That is to say something that has much of sadness and everything of inevitability, yet, like the setting of the sun, can resound with dramatic glory… It is not a day of sorrow, though London is heavy with mourning. We begin a day of salutation… a day in which his own words shall make his own memorial.’