The truth about Queen Elizabeth's relationship with Jackie Kennedy
2017 was the year of the powerful woman. With Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins' box office breaking run with Wonder Woman, to The Silence Breakers behind the #MeToo movement being named Time's Person of the Year, now is as good a time as ever to talk about women in positions of power, both contemporary and historically.
Enter the late, great First Lady Jacqueline "Jackie" Kennedy, and the curious relationship she had with Queen Elizabeth II, reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Both icons in their own right, the two women held powerful positions at a time in history when few others did. And, as reflection tells us, those positions may have had a profound effect upon their relationship.
The subject of the relationship between these two figureheads has come back into the public imagination with the dramatized portrayal of Jackie Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth in a 2017 episode of Netflix's hit show The Crown. A historical drama series, The Crown is a semi-biographical telling of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth. Season two episode "Dear Mrs Kennedy" sees the Queen and Jackie Kennedy meet for the first time at Buckingham Palace.
Let's just say that they don't exactly hit it off. We'll explore the depiction of their interaction on the show, as well as reveal which parts are historically accurate.