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In the early afternoon of August 18, 1943, Winston Churchill was a guest at a luncheon hosted at the Citadel by the Governor-General of Canada, the Earl of Athlone, and his wife Princess Alice. The lunch for about 25 guests began at 1:30 p.m. and included Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, and the Combined British and American Chiefs of Staff. After the luncheon the party was photographed by a large group of photographers with the battlements of the Citadel, harbor, and views of Quebec as a backdrop. Shortly afterwards Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, Minister of Information Brendan Bracken, and the Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Alexander Cadogan arrived at Quebec from England by Clipper and were received at the Citadel. In the afternoon Churchill met with Roosevelt on two occasions: at the first meeting he brought Wing Commander Guy Gibson of the Royal Air Force, who had been awarded the Victoria Cross for the Dambusters Raid, and at the second he was accompanied by Brigadier Orde Wingate. At 8:30 p.m. Churchill attended a large dinner given at the Citadel by Mackenzie King for the conference attendees as well as various Canadian officials, including the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, the Premier of Quebec, and the Lord Bishop of Quebec. There were short speeches by Mackenzie King, Roosevelt, and Churchill. After dinner Churchill and Roosevelt held discussions until a late hour, and were joined midway in the talks by Mackenzie King. During the day the prime minister and president cabled Stalin with an invitation for him to join them in conference, suggesting Alaska as a location.

 

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