John and Jacqueline Kennedy were the king and queen of the US Camelot.
John and Jacqueline Kennedy were the king and queen of the US Camelot.

DAY IN HISTORY: JFK, Jacqueline Kennedy start 'Camelot'

IT WAS the beginning of Camelot.

Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy married photographer Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on this day in 1953 and begin one of the great love stories in US Presidential history.

Like many mythologies, their meeting is steeped in mystery with differing tales purporting to claim the true facts behind the fateful spark.

But what is known is that it didn't take the then congressman to propose to the Washington Times-Herald photo-journalist.

John and Jacqueline Kennedy with their two children.
John and Jacqueline Kennedy with their two children.

The couple, both from wealthy families, were married in front of more than 750 guests at St. Marys Church in Newport, Rhode Island with another 3,000 waiting outside for a glimpse of the newlyweds.

They then celebrated their nuptials at the wedding reception at Hammersmith Farm, an estate overlooking Naragansett Bay.

The couple welcomed their first child, Caroline, in 1957. John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. followed in 1960 - just two weeks after John beat Richard M. Nixon in the race to the White House.

The 35th President of the United States was beloved by his people, his charm and good looks offering a sense of calm during a period of high tension and military manoeuvres.

John and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive in Dallas in 1963. Hours later he would be assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.
John and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive in Dallas in 1963. Hours later he would be assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.

The First Lady was not to be outshone though, redefining the role as much as she redefined the White House, adding her own touch to the iconic building during its restoration.

And despite personal tragedies, (he lost multiple family members and the couple suffered a miscarriage and stillbirth), chronic injuries and ceaseless rumours of infidelity, the couple retained the image of American royalty.

But tragedy struck again in 1963 when John was assassinated as he drove through the streets of Dallas. Jackie was sitting by his side.

It was a moment of infamy that would live through history and mark the end of Camelot.   


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