Published: 00:00, 01 June 2014 |
Updated: 08:29, 02 June 2014
Lady Soames, the last surviving child of Sir Winston Churchill, has died aged 91.
Mary Soames, who was born and brought up at Chartwell in Westerham, died peacefully at home yesterday evening surrounded by her family, following a short illness.
She was the youngest of the wartime Prime Minister's five children, and went on to become distinguished author, writing a celebrated biography of her mother Clementine Churchill.
She was also the chairman of the board of the National Theatre for six years.
She has five children from her marriage to Baron Christopher Soames, who died in 1987.
In her 2011 memoir A Daughter's Tale, Lady Soames describes how her childhood was spent largely at the Churchill's family home, in Mapleton Road, where she spent much of her time with her cousin, Maryott Whyte, and a menagerie of pets.
There, her red brick playhouse dubbed the Marycot, has been refurbished so visitors can experience what life was like for eight year-old Mary Churchill.
She also returned to Westerham for a service marking the 40th anniversary of her father's death in 2005.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
Your No1 guide to getting married in Kent. From dresses to discos and venues to veils, we've got everything you could possibly need for your big day
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
We have four editions of our Kent Homes, Gardens and Interiors magazine for you to read. Click here to view them all.