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Britain remembers Churchill on 50th anniversary of wartime leader's funeral

  • Randolph Churchill, the great-grandson of the former British World War II wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, talks to the media after laying flowers at the foot of his statue in Parliament Square in London Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The 50th anniversary of the late prime minister's state funeral falls on Friday with a number of events in London to commemorate it. Churchill died on Jan. 24, 1965 at the age of 90. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Randolph Churchill, the great-grandson of the former British World War II wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, talks to the media after laying flowers at the foot of his statue in Parliament Square in London Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The 50th anniversary of the late prime minister's state funeral falls on Friday with a number of events in London to commemorate it. Churchill died on Jan. 24, 1965 at the age of 90. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)  (The Associated Press)

  • The statue of British World War II wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in London, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The 50th anniversary of his state funeral falls on Friday Jan. 30, with a number of events in London to commemorate it. Churchill died on Jan. 24,1965, aged 90. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    The statue of British World War II wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in London, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The 50th anniversary of his state funeral falls on Friday Jan. 30, with a number of events in London to commemorate it. Churchill died on Jan. 24,1965, aged 90. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)  (The Associated Press)

  • Flowers laid by Randolph Churchill, the great grandson of British World War II wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, lie at the foot of his statue in Parliament Square in London, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The 50th anniversary of his state funeral falls on Friday Jan. 30, with a number of events in London to commemorate it. Churchill died on Jan. 24,1965, aged 90. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Flowers laid by Randolph Churchill, the great grandson of British World War II wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, lie at the foot of his statue in Parliament Square in London, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The 50th anniversary of his state funeral falls on Friday Jan. 30, with a number of events in London to commemorate it. Churchill died on Jan. 24,1965, aged 90. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)  (The Associated Press)

Britain is paying tribute to Winston Churchill with a memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the wartime leader's funeral.

Prime Minister David Cameron will attend a remembrance service at Parliament to remember Churchill's leadership during World War II.

Later Friday the Havengore, the boat that carried the statesman's coffin along the Thames in 1965, will carry Churchill's family as it retraces its journey down the river.

Tower Bridge will be raised as the boat and a small flotilla travels to the Houses of Parliament.

Churchill was prime minister of Britain from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. His political career spanned 64 years, the longest in Britain in the 20th century. He died Jan. 24, 1965.