The coronation of Elizabeth II was the most memorable event of the year 1953. Marie-Claire recalled last March that the event was covered by “2,000 journalists and 500 photographers”. This June 2, 1953, 27 years old, Queen Elizabeth II is crowned before the eyes of the whole world. Indeed, the event of his coronation was broadcast on television channels in several countries. The 6am ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey.
Among all the reporters present that day was the one sent by the Washington Times Herald. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was then a young journalist, an “investigator-photographer”, according to Le Point. Better known as Jackie Kennedy later, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was considered a stranger among all journalists. According to Le Point, the American journalist was already in touch with the future president of the United States at the time.
Jackie Kennedy, a future first lady at the coronation of Elizabeth II
John F. Kennedy was the suitor and fiancé of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, he was still a senator at that time. According to Le Point, while his future wife was covering the event in London, John Fitzgerald had sent him a letter congratulating her. In that letter he is said to have written: “Excellent articles, but I miss you. Love”. Le Point also reports that John Fitzgerald Kennedy greeted his fiancee at the airport with “a two-carat ring”.
On September 12, 1953, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier officially married John F. Kennedy. It wasn’t until eight years later that she got the chance to meet Queen Elizabeth II again. In addition, Jackie Kennedy, a true politician does not have a high opinion of the British sovereign. American writer Gore Vidal maintains that Mrs. Kennedy called Queen Elizabeth “a rather heavy figure”.
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