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Two wreaths were laid on the green marble memorial to Sir Winston Churchill in Westminster Abbey in a private service this evening.
Today's Prime Minister led the tributes to one of his most iconic forerunners exactly 50 years on from the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.
David Cameron joined politicians from across the party divide in a ceremony in the Members' Lobby at the House of Commons, in which he called him "a great leader and a great Briton".
To honour the wartime leader, Churchill's funeral procession was re-enacted on the Thames with the original boat that carried his coffin.
ITV News' Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:
A fireman who travelled on Winston Churchill's funeral train has spoken of the "deep sense of sadness" after being reunited with the locomotive.
James Lester was at the National Railway Museum in York today to see the reunion of the Winston Churchill locomotive with the parcel van that carried the statesman to his final resting place.
The Battle of Britain Class steam locomotive and the goods van were restored for today's 50th anniversary and joined up with the luxurious carriage which carried family and guests.
A wreath will be laid on a memorial stone in honour of Sir Winston Churchill during a private ceremony at Westminster Abbey this evening.
The memorial stone is made from green marble and lies just inside the west entrance to the Abbey, near the grave of the Unknown Soldier.
It was dedicated by the Queen on 19th September 1965.
The great grandson of Winston Churchill has said he is "proud" to be retracing the final journey taken by his grandfather on the Havengore 50 years ago today.
Randolph Churchill, who was only two years old when his great grandfather died, said it was a "very special and unique moment".
Britain has never forgotten the debt it owes Winston Churchill and today, on the 50th anniversary of his state funeral, Havengore sailed the Thames once again.
Churchill's granddaughter Celia Sandys and grandson Nicholas Soames joined Prime Minister David Cameron in paying tribute to the great wartime leader.
ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports:
Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Mather, who led the funeral bearer party at Churchill's funeral, said his most prominent memory of the day 50 years ago was the crowds who gathered to watch the procession.
The ship that carried the coffin of Winston Churchill along the River Thames 50 years ago has retraced the former Prime Minister's final journey.
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Sir Winston Churchill's granddaughter Celia Sandys has told ITV News that she thinks it is important to remember the 50th anniversary of the former Prime Minister's funeral because "it's important that people remember him and the war and the people that lost their lives".
Recalling her attendance at the the state funeral 50 years ago as a child, Ms Sandys said it was emotional but "not a sad day".
"My grandmother said before she went to bed that day that it wasn't a funeral - it was a triumph," she said.