Just under five months after his inauguration as 35th President of the USA in January 1961, John Kennedy and his wife Jackie made a short visit to London, on June 4th and 5th, to attend the christening of Jackie’s niece. Although described as a private visit, the Kennedys dined at Buckingham Palace with the Queen, and JFK met with the then-Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan.
The visit proved to be highly popular one, with crowds of people lining the streets as the couple drove through the city. The impact of the visit was long-lasting, connecting English people with the President. After July 1962, and the launch of the Telstar satellite, British people followed the JFK through television broadcasts relayed from the US.
In January 1963 one enterprising shop window mannequin manufacturer created Kennedy and Macmillan mannequins to boost sales in men’s fashion outlets.
By the end of the year, President Kennedy was dead.
'My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you,
but what together we can do for the freedom of man.'
- Kennedy's Inaugural address
Curation: Amanda Uren