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On the morning of September 17, 1944, Winston Churchill met with the Archduke Otto, the heir of the House of Habsburg, at the Citadel. Later the prime minister and the archduke were joined for lunch by Canadian prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, Lord Cherwell (Paymaster-General), Anthony Eden (Foreign Secretary), and Colonel Clarke, a Canadian businessman. Dinner that evening was observed to be rather a “family affair” with Clementine Churchill, Mackenzie King, and others joining Churchill. During the meal the British prime minister “launched a diatribe against De Gaulle.” Nonetheless, Mackenzie King thought he had seldom seen Churchill “more placid, quiet and in a thoroughly contented mood.” Afterwards Churchill and Mackenzie King went to the map room and reviewed the events of the last few days. They then, joined by Clementine, departed the Citadel and drove through Quebec to Wolfe’s Cove station. Churchill and Clementine said good-bye to Mackenzie King as the crowd that had gathered sang, “Auld Lang Syne.” Churchill’s train, which was bound for the United States, left at 10 PM. Churchill and Roosevelt had issued a joint statement to mark the end of the Second Quebec Conference.

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