1961: The President comes to London


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.


 June 4th 1961 -  'US President John F. Kennedy with Harold Macmillan and his wife at London Airport'   (c)  TopFoto

June 4th 1961 - 'US President John F. Kennedy with Harold Macmillan and his wife at London Airport'

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 June 5th 1961 - President Kennedy chats to a group of young American schoolchildren when leaving the American embassy  (c)  TopFoto

June 5th 1961 - President Kennedy chats to a group of young American schoolchildren when leaving the American embassy

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'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


 June 4th 1961 - Kennedy and Macmillan address journalists at London Airport  (c)  TopFoto

June 4th 1961 - Kennedy and Macmillan address journalists at London Airport

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June 4th 1961 - 'Vast crowds press against a police cordon to wave and cheer President John Kennedy as he rides in an open limousine with British Premier Harold Macmillan in Palace Street, Victoria, tonight.'
 

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 June 4th 1961 -  'A London policeman peeps in as president John Fitzgerald Kennedy chats with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in the hallway of Prince and Princess Radziwill's Buckingham Place home. Also in the picture is the president's wife Jacqueline.'   (c)  TopFoto

June 4th 1961 - 'A London policeman peeps in as president John Fitzgerald Kennedy chats with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in the hallway of Prince and Princess Radziwill's Buckingham Place home. Also in the picture is the president's wife Jacqueline.'

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 US President, John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan made into shop window dummies to boost sales in clothes shops around London, England.  (c)  TopFoto

US President, John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan made into shop window dummies to boost sales in clothes shops around London, England.

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July 23rd 1962 - Drinkers in a pub in Walworth Road, London watch the first live television picture transmitted by satellite (Telstar), a news conference by President John F Kennedy from Wasinghton DC, USA

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Curation: Amanda Uren



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