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 on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
She also revealed how she stayed close to the grandfather she never knew.
"For me, my grandfather lives in my imagination, in his words, and in the lessons he has left us," Schlossberg said. "Throughout my life, I have been able to connect with him through the study of history."
But 50 years after his death, the woman is beginning to realize that her grandfather’s story is beginning “to belong more and more to history.”
"Today is a difficult day because it is a reminder of a moment of profound sadness for my family, for America, and for the world," Schlossberg said.
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 dark brown locks, paused for a moment to read the engraving.
It was a quote from her grandfather’s inaugural address.
“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.
"I can think of no better place to honor him to tell and remember his story," Schlossberg said. "And to look again, as he would have wanted us to, towards the future."
Schlossberg is the middle granddaughter. She graduated from Yale University and has been working as a journalist at The Record, a local paper in New Jersey.
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 Yale student joined Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to pay respects at Kennedy’s eternal flame at Arlington Cemetery.
Mom Caroline Kennedy has been absent from the 50th anniversary memorials. Obama recently appointed her as America’s ambassador to Japan.