Stunning retro images of Sir Winston Churchill were released on April 9th for National Churchill Day.
The holiday is celebrated each year when Churchill is awarded US honorary citizenship when the award was first presented.
The pictures show US President John F. Kennedy reading the proclamation that makes the older British statesman, 88-year-old Churchill, an honorary citizen of the United States at a ceremony in the White House on April 9, 1963.
Churchill (right) with U.S. Ambassador to Britain David Bruce (left) looks at the proclamation that makes him an honorary citizen of the United States at a presentation ceremony at his home on Hyde Park Gate in London on April 10, 1963
President John Kennedy (center) reads the proclamation that makes Churchill an honorary citizen of the United States at a ceremony in the White House on April 9, 1963
The document that made Churchill a US citizen for the first time
Sir Winston's American passport, presented by the United States Ambassador to Britain
They also show the American passport presented to Churchill in London and Churchill and to the United States Ambassador to Britain, David Bruce, while reviewing the proclamation.
Other impressive footage shows how the World War II hero enjoys retiring while smoking one of his famous cigars during a trip to Monte Carlo, sitting in a wheelchair with a view of the sea and with him during a visit to Cap D'Ail an excursion woman, Lady Clementine Churchill enjoys.
On April 9, 1963, an honorary citizenship ceremony was chaired by President John F. Kennedy.
Churchill leaves the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo on April 12, 1963
On the left, Churchill is greeted by Madame Moatti, the wife of the Prefect of the Alpes Maritime Department, when he arrives at Nice Airport in France on April 12, 1963. On the right, Churchill returns to his home in London after his vacation in France on April 25, 1963
The former prime minister was not present at the ceremony, but his son and grandson were able to attend.
Although his citizenship is voluntary, Churchill can clearly trace his roots back to Virginia via Brooklyn, New York.
His mother was American Jennie Jerome. Her marriage to Lord Randolph Churchill gave birth to two children: John Spencer and Winston.
Churchill takes up the prospect in Menton near Monaco on April 25, 1963
Churchill sits in his wheelchair facing the sea during a visit to Cap D & # 39; Ail on April 20, 1963
During a trip to the country around Monte Carlo on April 14, 1963 Sir Winston Churchill (center) together with his granddaughter, Miss Celia Sandys (left), Ms. Montague Browne (right), his secretary's wife, and Churchill's bodyguard (back)
It was the first time in US history that honorary citizenship was awarded.
It has only been awarded seven times since then, of which six were posthumous honors.
In 1996, the United States granted Mother Teresa the only other honorary citizenship during a person's lifetime.
Churchill taps his hat during a trip to Monaco on April 16, 1963
A dog becomes friends with Churchill (right) during a trip to Cap D & # 39; Ail in France. The former Prime Minister is visited on April 18, 1963 by his bodyguard Murray (left)
Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace, his family's home. After serving in the military, he joined Parliament in 1900 and was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911.
He was held responsible for the failure of the Dardanelles expedition and resigned in 1915. He was active in the First World War before returning to the ministerial office in 1917.
As Chancellor of the Exchequer, he brought Great Britain back to the gold standard that led to the general strike of 1926.
He resigned in 1931 and opposed his party's self-government policy for India.
He consistently opposed Hitler's appeasement and in 1940 challenged the leadership of Neville Chamberlain. He followed him as Prime Minister to become Britain's greatest wartime leader.
Lady Clementine Churchill (right) with Sir Winston Churchill (left) and her granddaughter Miss Edwina Dixon (center) in the car to their home on Hyde Park Gate on April 1, 1963
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