The ‘Special Relationship’ – A History of Meetings Between British Monarchs and U.S. Presidents

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(From left to right) Prince Philip, Jackie Kennedy, the Queen and President Kennedy at Buckingham Palace, June 5, 1951. (Pool photo/AP Images)

“No modern American president before or since had such close connections to Britain as Jack Kennedy,” writes the Queen’s biographer Sally Bedell Smith. (His father, Joseph, had been Ambassador to the Court of St. James, though his was not a particularly successful tenure.) And any photographs of the Kennedys with the Queen are likely to summon comparisons to America’s “royal family,” as the famous clan is often imagined to be. Above, the president is seen with First Lady Jackie, and the Queen and Prince Philip, at Buckingham Palace in June 1961.

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