John F. Kennedy’s granddaughter pays respects at memorial ceremony in Britain 

November 22, 2013 3:02 PM

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John F. Kennedy’s granddaughter pays respects at memorial ceremony in Britain 

Caroline Kennedy’s daughter, Tatiana Schlossberg, represented the family at a memorial site in Runnymede Meadow, Berkshire. Friday is the 50th anniversary of her grandfather's assassination in Dallas.

John F. Kennedy’s granddaughter honored his memory during an intimate ceremony in Britain on Friday.

Caroline Kennedy’s daughter, 23-year-old Tatiana Schlossberg, spoke solemnly about the popular president’s legacy, and about her connection with the grandfather she never knew, on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

She was the only representative from the Kennedy clan to make a pilgrimage to the memorial site in Runnymede Meadow, Berkshire. But she’s following in the footsteps of her grandmother, Jacqueline Kennedy, who made the same trek in 1965 with her two little children, Caroline and John F. Kennedy, Jr.

The trio met Queen Elizabeth at the site and unveiled a stone tablet and garden dedicated to the president. The British people, through public subscription, had donated one acre of land around the site to the people of the United States. It is the only plot of American soil in the United Kingdom, according to local paper Get Surrey.

On Friday, Schlossberg laid a wreath at the foot of that same stone memorial. The woman, who has inherited Jacqueline Kennedy’s deep brown locks, paused for a moment to read the engraving.

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty,” the stone reads.

Matthew Barzun, the U.S. ambassador to the U.K., and Lord Jonathan Hill, the leader of Britain’s House of Lords, were also present at the ceremony.

Geri Silverstone, a spokesperson for Britain’s National Trust, said that the memorial service was simple, yet touching.

“It was a very moving ceremony that commemorated the president's life and reflected on his life and the contribution he made not just to American politics but British politics as well,” Silverstone said. “Ms. Schlossberg talked very movingly about the impact her grandfather had and how, although she never knew him, she felt very connected with him.”

Schlossberg graduated from Yale University and has been working as a journalist at The Record, a local paper in New Jersey.

She’s the middle granddaughter. Older sister Rose Schlossberg is a Harvard grad who is working as an artist and videographer in New York, according to Ridgewood Patch. While Rose has stayed out of the spotlight, younger brother Jack traveled with his great aunt Ethel Kennedy to the Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old joined Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to pay respects at Kennedy’s eternal flame at Arlington Cemetery. Obama recently appointed Caroline Kennedy as America's ambassador to Japan.


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