Florence Cameron, the daughter of former British Prime Minister David Cameron, climbed into his ministerial red box, which transports secret documents, in October of 2011. Yesterday, in his final farewell address as Prime Minister, Cameron spoke about this moment and family life on Downing Street:
“I want to thank my children – Nancy, Elwen and Florence, for whom Downing Street has been a lovely home over this last six years. They sometimes kick the red boxes full of work. Florence – you once climbed into one before a foreign trip and said: “Take me with you.” Well, no more boxes.”
Reportage photographer Tom Stoddart happened to be doing a story about the Camerons at home back in 2011, and captured this moment. See more photos on the Getty Images website.
The heads of state for the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union convene in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin, for the Potsdam Conference. The conference is attended by President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (and his replacement following the 1945 General Election Clement Attlee), and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin.
Potsdam is the final wartime conference for the Allied Nations as Germany had surrendered 9 weeks prior, ending the war in the west. The issues faced by the countries included the administration of postwar Germany, future borders of Germany and Poland, Soviet involvement in Eastern Europe, and the war in Japan.
Truman had taken office recently following the death of Franklin Roosevelt, so he was meeting the Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin for the first time. Truman felt he had a strong negotiating position due to the recent successful detonation of an atomic bomb; unbeknownst to him, Stalin was already aware of the United States’ nuclear developments. During their first meeting, the two men discussed the future of Eastern Europe as well as the ongoing war in the Pacific. Truman related the details of the encounter in hisdiary, which ended on a confident note with the statement:
I can deal with Stalin. He is honest—but smart as hell.