Mourners file past the flag-draped coffin of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) at his state funeral at St Paul\'s Cathedral, London, 30th January 1965. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Mourners file past the flag-draped coffin of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) at his state funeral at St Paul's Cathedral, London, 30th January 1965. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Image: Getty Images

Winston Churchill. An icon to many, and certainly the United Kingdom's most revered Prime Minister

When discussing the merits and legacies of Britain's Prime Ministers who have come and gone, there is perhaps no name that gets mentioned more than Winston Churchill.

Born in 1874, Churchill steered Britain through one of its most treacherous times, and is considered a war hero.

With that being said, there are questions over Churchill's legacy. Many have leveled accusations of racism and colonialism at the late leader.

This of course remains up for debate, but what cant be questioned is the overwhelming sentiment that Churchill is a war hero. This train of thought stretches far beyond the British Isles.

Queen Elizabeth herself shared a special bond with Winston Churchill, despite their apparent differences in nature.

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Churchill's funeral

Winston Churchill died on the 24th January 1965, at the age of 90, from a series of strokes. Queen Elizabeth immediately contacted Churchill's wife lamenting the loss of his 'many sided genius'. 

Churchill's funeral was the first state funeral for a non-royal family member since that of Edward Carson in 1935, and was a seminal moment in British history. Representatives from 115 countries were present, making it one of the largest events of its kind. 

Have a look at the footage below, courtesy of British Pathe