The Trip to India That Made Jackie Kennedy a Legend

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From riding elephants to teaching people how to do the Twist, Jackie Kennedy’s Goodwill visit to India and Pakistyan in March of 1962 secured her image as a fun-loving and gracious international diplomat. Everywhere she went in India crowds were adoring and her wardrobe for the trip, simple yet extremely fashionable, was scrutinized as some of the most fashion forward of the era. In making this trip, Jackie paved the way for future relations with India and laid the groundwork for the Indian Prime Minister’s visit in

“First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy feeds an elephant, Urvashi, in the garden of the Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru’s residence, Teen Murti Bhavan. New Delhi, India.” Via/ JFK Presidential Library

Taking pictures at the New Delhi residence of the Indian Prime Minister, seated next to United States Ambassador to India, John Kenneth Galbraith. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

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The First Lady was accompanied by her sister, Lee Radziwill who was then known not only as sister-in-law to the POTUS, but also as princess in her husband’s country of Poland. The the two sisters dazzled diplomats and the camel drivers alike in what was to turn out to be a highly fruitful trip for President Kennedy. Accompanied by Cecil W. Stoughton, White House photographer, the trip was captured in beautiful color photos.


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The Trip to India That Made Jackie Kennedy a Legend

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