It is not widely known, but Winston Churchill was born into a world of privilege. He was born at Blenheim Palace, although he never lived there. The estate was passed on to his cousin, the 9th duke.
But, during the summer of 1908, in the gardens of Blenheim at the Temple of Diana overlooking the lake, Churchill proposed to his future wife, Clementine Hozier.
The great historian Ralph Raico has written of Churchill that he had a sick love for war. "It began early," writes Raico. "As a child he had a huge collection of toy soldiers, 1500 of them, and he played with them for years after most boys turn to other things...He loved war as few modern men ever have- he even loved 'the bangs' as he called them..."
A friend who recently toured Blenheim managed to snap this photograph, when a tour guide wasn't looking, of one of Churchill's toy soldier sets, which is on display at the palace. Says the friend, "It's not any ordinary toy soldier set."