The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Sweet act of child’s play with JFK Jr

- BEN PIKE

IN the aftermath of one of the most horrific moments in US history, the assassinat­ion of JFK, John F. Kennedy Jr asked one simple question: “Where’s daddy?”

The two-year-old had just lost his father, the 35th US president, in the November 1963 assassinat­ion. Days after the shooting, Prince Philip flew to Washington for the funeral. It was during this time that Prince Philip’s love of children and his rapport with them shone through.

“At the White House on Sunday, Nov. 24, 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy was looking for John Jr and opened the door to his playroom,” USA Today’s Paul Brandus wrote on Twitter yesterday. “There she found the Prince sprawled on the floor, playing and laughing with the murdered president’s son. Days from his third birthday, John had said earlier that he “didn’t have anybody to play with” (also: “where’s Daddy?”) and Her Majesty’s husband decided that he would entertain the boy. RIP.”

Prince Philip and the Queen met John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie in 1961 during a visit to Buckingham Palace.

Mr Brandus went on to say that in May 1965, the British government gave an acre of land to the US for a memorial to the murdered president at Runnymede – the site, 750 years earlier, of King John signing the Magna Carta.

 ?? Photo: PA Images ?? Prince Philip holds John Jr’s hand at JFK’s memorial service at Runnymede.
Photo: PA Images Prince Philip holds John Jr’s hand at JFK’s memorial service at Runnymede.

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