In 1962, the first lady made a goodwill trip to India without her charismatic husband, revealing her strong individual presence and regal character when she stepped out from JFK’s shadow.
I went along on Jackie’s two-week trip abroad. Part of the time she had seemed to me very much like a queen. As she walked through the Vatican for her audience with the pope, or listened to “The Star-Spangled Banner” in India or Pakistan, her shoulders were back, her eyes were straight forward, and her face was composed with only a slight smile; her dignity and reserve were indeed queenly. Reporters who had always called her “Jackie” suddenly found themselves calling her “Mrs. Kennedy.”
—“An Exclusive Chat with Jackie Kennedy” by Joan Braden, May 12, 1962
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