After his visit to Paris and Vienna, President Kennedy arrived in London, June 4, on his first visit to Britain as President of the United States.
After his visit to Paris and Vienna, President Kennedy arrived in London, June 4, on his first visit to Britain as President of the United States. For the President and Mrs. Kennedy it was the last stage of their mission to Europe.
The President, looking tired, described the mission as long and varied. U.K. Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and his wife greeted the President and Mrs. Kennedy at London Airport.
Hundreds of people waited several hours at the Airport to sob the two leaders - a wait longer than expected as President Kennedy's conversations with Soviet Prime Minister Khrushchev in Vienna lasted an hour longer than originally intended.
In all, the Vienna "Summit" conversations lasted 12 hours - six on the first day and six on the second and last day. A brief communique afterward described the talks as useful, and noted the two agreed to maintain contact.
The subjects of the "Summit" talks - nuclear disarmament, Germany and Laos - were the topic of the President's London visit. Though termed private, to give the President a rest break before returning by night flight to Washington June 5, the visit meant a round of talks with Mr. Macmillan and senior ministers, and dining with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The welcome at London Airport included a salute from a guard of honour formed by naval gunners - a tribute to the President's wartime service in the U. S. Navy.
The President and Prime Minister drove in an open car from the Airport to the city centre. Behind them in a closed car drove Mrs. Kennedy and the Prime Minister's wife, Lady Dorothy Macmillan. Police motorcycle patrolmen formed an escort. For their one night in Britain, the President and his wife stayed at the home of Mrs. Kennedy's brother-in-law and sister, Prince and Princess Radziwill.