List of dignitaries at the state funeral of John F. Kennedy

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Nations that attended the funeral (blue) or whose dignitaries arrived too late, but attended Lyndon B. Johnson's reception on November 25 (pink).

This is a list of dignitaries at the state funeral of John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, and the funeral took place on November 25, 1963, in Washington, D.C..

The gathering of dignitaries was considered the largest gathering of foreign statesmen in the history of the United States.[1][2] It was also the largest gathering of foreign dignitaries at a state funeral since that of King Edward VII in London in 1910. Although the state funerals of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1969 and Ronald Reagan in 2004 had large gatherings of foreign dignitaries, the funeral of Kennedy was the largest gathering of foreign dignitaries at any funeral in the United States, drawing 220 foreign dignitaries from 92 foreign nations, including 19 heads of state and government.[3] Eisenhower's drew 191 from 78 nations,[4] while Reagan's drew 218 from 165 nations.[5]

Contents:

List of official delegations[edit]

A[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Afghanistan Afghanistan H. E. Assadullah Seraj Ambassador to France[6]
Algeria Algeria Abdelkadir Chanderil
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
El Hadj Benalla
Amar Ouzegane
Cherif Guellal
President of the Republic
President of the National Assembly
Foreign Minister
Minister of State
Ambassador
Argentina Argentina Carlos Humberto Perette
Miguel Ángel Zavala Ortiz
Brigadier Ignacio Avalos
Vice President
Minister of Foreign Relations
Secretary of War
Australia Australia Sir Alister McMullin President of the Australian Senate
Austria Austria Alfons Gorbach Federal Chancellor

B[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Bahamas The Bahamas Roland Theodore Symonette Premier-designate
Belgium Belgium Baudouin I
Paul-Henri Spaak
King of the Belgians
Minister of Foreign Affairs, former Prime Minister of Belgium
Bolivia Bolivia Enrique Sánchez de Lozada Ambassador
Brazil Brazil João Augusto de Araújo Castro
Auro Mora Andrade
Zitorino Freire
Antonio Carlos Konder Reis
Roberto de Oliveira Campos
Foreign Minister
President of the Senate
Majority Leader of the Senate
Minority Leader of the Senate
Ambassador
Burundi Burundi H. E. Leon Ndenzako Ambassador to the United States[7]


Bulgaria Bulgaria Miliko Tarabanov Deputy Foreign Minister

C[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Cambodia Cambodia Prince Norodom Kantol President of the Council of Ministers
Cameroon Cameroon Benoît Balla-Ondoux Foreign Minister
Canada Canada Lester B. Pearson
Paul Martin
Prime Minister
Secretary of State for External Affairs
Chile Chile Carlos Martínez Representative to the United Nations
Republic of China Taiwan Tsiang Tingfu Ambassador
Colombia Colombia Alberto Lleras Camargo Former President
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo Emmanuel Damongo-Dadet Ambassador[7]
Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville) Democratic Republic of the Congo Jacques Masangu Deputy Premier
Costa Rica Costa Rica José Figueres Ferrer Former President
Cyprus Cyprus H. E. Zenon Rossides Ambassador to the United States[6]
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Jiří Hájek Representative to the United Nations[8]

D[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Denmark Denmark Jens Otto Krag Prime Minister

E[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Ecuador Ecuador Neftali Ponce Miranda Foreign Minister
El Salvador El Salvador Héctor Escobar Serrano Foreign Minister
Ethiopia Ethiopia Haile Selassie I
Ras Andaregatchew Masai
Commodore Eskinder Desta
Teferawork Kidane-Wold
Lij Kassa Woldemariam
Emperor
Governor of Sidamo
Commander of the Ethiopian Navy
Minister of the Pen
President of Haile Selassie I University

F[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Finland Finland Veli Merikoski Minister for Foreign Affairs
France France Charles de Gaulle
Maurice Couve de Murville
General Charles Ailleret
Étienne Burin des Roziers
President
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Chief of the Defence Staff
Secretary General of the President

G[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Federal Republic of Germany Germany Heinrich Lübke
Ludwig Erhard
Gerhard Schröder
Kai-Uwe von Hassel
Willy Brandt
President
Chancellor
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Defense
Mayor of West Berlin
Ghana Ghana Miguel A. Ribeiro
K. Armah
Alex Quaison-Sackey
Ambassador
High Commissioner in London
Representative to the United Nations
Greece Greece Frederica of Hanover
Sofoklis Venizelos
Queen consort of the Hellenes
Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister
Guatemala Guatemala Alberto Herrarte González
José de Dios Agular
Foreign Minister
Private Secretary to the Government
Guinea Guinea Saifonlaye Diallo
Leon Maka
Alessane Dioh
Minister of State
President of the National Assembly
Minister of Communications

H[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Haiti Haiti H. E. Carlet Auguste Ambassador to the United Nations[9]
Hungary Hungary Péter Mód First Deputy Foreign Minister

I[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Iceland Iceland Guðmundur Í. Guðmundsson and wife Foreign Minister
India India Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Delegate to the United Nations
Indonesia Indonesia Gen. Abdul Haris Nasution
Dr. Sudjarwo Tjondronegoro
Minister for Defense and Security Affairs
Deputy Foreign Minister
Iran Iran Prince Gholam Reza
Abbas Aram
Brother of the Shah of Iran
Foreign Minister
Iraq Iraq H. E. Ali Haidar Sulaiman Ambassador to the United States[6]


Ireland Republic of Ireland Éamon de Valera
Frank Aiken
Major Vivion de Valera
President
Minister of External Affairs
Israel Israel Zalman Shazar
Golda Meir
President
Foreign Minister
Italy Italy Attilio Piccioni
Piero Vinci
Guerino Roberti
Gen. Emiliano Scotti
Foreign Minister
Foreign Ministry chef du cabinet
Assistant Chief of Protocol
Military Counselor to the President
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast Phillipe Yace
Camille Alliali
President of the National Assembly
Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs

J[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Jamaica Jamaica Sir Alexander Bustamante
Brigadier Paul Cook
James Lloyd
Noel Crosswell
Prime Minister
Chief of Staff
Permamnent Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs
Chief of Police
Japan Japan Hayato Ikeda
Masayoshi Ōhira
Prime Minister
Foreign Minister
Jordan Jordan Antone Atallah Foreign Minister

K[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Republic of Korea (South Korea) South Korea Park Chung-hee Acting President

L[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Laos Laos Tiao Khampan
Sisouk na Champassak
Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Ambassador to India
Lebanon Lebanon Ibrahim Ahdab
George Hakim
Ambassador
Representative to the United Nations
Liberia Liberia William R. Tolbert, Jr.
J. Rudolph Grimes
Vice-President
Secretary of State
Libya Libya Wahbi al-Bouri Representative to the United Nations
Luxembourg Luxembourg Jean
Eugène Schaus
Hereditary Grand Duke
Foreign Minister

M[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Madagascar Madagascar Louis Rakotomaleia Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Mali Mali R. E. Oumar Sow Representative to the United Nations[10]
Mexico Mexico Manuel Tello Baurraud Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Morocco Morocco Moulay Abdallah
Ahmed Reda Guedira
Mohammad Ziani
Abdelkader Benjelloun
Ali Benjelloun
Ahmed Taibi Benhima
Badir din Senoussi
Gen. Mohammad Ameziane
Col. Moulay Hafid
Prince
Foreign Minister
Attaché to the Cabinet of the Foreign Minister
Minister of Justice
Ambassador
Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Attaché to the Royal Cabinet
Inspector General of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces
Director General of Royal Protocol

N[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Nepal Nepal H. E. M. P. Koirala Ambassador to the United States[11]


Netherlands Netherlands Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld
Princess Beatrix
Joseph Luns
Husband of Queen Juliana
Crown Princess
Minister of Foreign Affairs
New Zealand New Zealand R. E. George Laking Ambassador to the United States[12]
Nicaragua Nicaragua Luis Somoza Debayle
Alfonso Ortega Urbina
Senator and Former President
Foreign Minister
Norway Norway Harald
Einar Gerhardsen
Crown Prince
Prime Minister

P[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Pakistan Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Minister of Foreign Affairs
Panama Panama Galileo Solís
Arturo Morgan Morales
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Paraguay Paraguay Dr. Juan Plate Ambassador to the United Nations[12]


Peru Peru Víctor Andrés Belaúnde Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Philippines Philippines Diosdado Macapagal
Eva Macapagal
President
First Lady
Poland Poland Stanisław Kulczyński
Piotr Jaroszewicz
Deputy Chairman of the Polish Council of State
Deputy Prime Minister
Portugal Portugal Luís Supico Pinto President of the Corporative Chamber

R[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Romania Romania M. Milita Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

S[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Rashad Pharaon
Abdallah Hababi
Ambassador to France
Chargé d'affaires in Washington
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone John Karefa-Smart Minister of External Affairs
Somalia Somalia Mohammed Ali Daar Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs
South Africa South Africa H. E. Dr. Willem C. Naude Ambassador to the United Nations[13]
Spain Spain Agustín Muñoz Grandes First Vice President of the Government
Sweden Sweden Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland
Tage Erlander
Olof Palme
 
Prime Minister
Minister Without Portfolio
Switzerland Switzerland Friedrich Traugott Wahlen
Pierre Michell
Chief of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Secretary General of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

T[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Tanganyika Tanganyika Chief Erasto A.M. Mangyenya Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Thailand Thailand Thanat Khouman Foreign Minister
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago H. E. Sir Ellis E.I. Clarke Ambassador to the United States[14]


Tunisia Tunisia Bahi Ladgham
Mongi Slim
Taieb Slim
Habib Bourguiba, Jr.
Hachemi Quanes
Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Permanent Representative to the United States
Ambassador
unknown
Turkey Turkey İsmet İnönü
Feridun Cemal Erkin
Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs

U[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Uganda Uganda Apollo Kironde Ambassador
United Arab Republic United Arab Republic Mahmoud Fawzi Minster of Foreign Affairs
United Kingdom United Kingdom Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Elizabeth Douglas-Home
Harold Wilson
Jo Grimond
Consort of Queen Elizabeth II
Prime Minister
Spouse of the Prime Minister
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Liberal Party
USSR Soviet Union Anastas Mikoyan First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR
Uruguay Uruguay Juan Felipe Yriart Ambassador

V[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Vatican City Vatican City Rev. Egidio Vagnozzi Apostolic Delegate
Venezuela Venezuela Rolando Leandro Mora
Gen. Antonio Briceño Linares
Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Defense
South Vietnam South Vietnam Tran Chanh Thanh Ambassador-designate

Y[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Koča Popović
Petar Stambolić
Foreign Minister
Prime Minister

International organizations[edit]

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
United Nations United Nations Burma U Thant
United States Ralph Bunche
United States Paul G. Hoffman
United States Maurice Pate
United Nations David Vaughan
Venezuela Carlos Sosa Rodríguez and wife
United Kingdom Sir Patrick Dean
Flag of ILO.svg Dr. Louis Alvarado
Flag of ILO.svg David Blanchard
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Undersecretary for Political Affairs
Managing Director of the United Nations Special Fund
Executive Director of UNICEF
Director of General Services
President of the General Assembly and wife
President of the United Nations Security Council
International Labour Organization
International Labour Organization
European Coal and Steel Community Flag of the European Coal and Steel Community 12 Star Version.svg Belgium Albert Coppé
France Jean Monnet
Vice President
Former President
European Economic Community Europe Belgium Jean Rey President
European Atomic Energy Community Europe E. M. J. A. Sassen Member of the Council

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Frankel, Max (November 25, 1963). "Officials of Nearly 100 Lands in U.S.—They Will Meet Johnson". The New York Times. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Duscha, Julius (November 25, 1963). "Kings, Presidents and Premiers Here". The Washington Post. p. A1. 
  3. ^ Wicker, Tom (November 26, 1963). "Kennedy Laid to Rest in Arlington". The New York Times. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Belair Jr., Felix (April 1, 1969). "World's Leaders Join in Services for Eisenhower". The New York Times. p. 1. The half-hour service in the cathedral brought 191 dignitaries ... from 78 nations. 
  5. ^ Ross, Sonya (June 12, 2004). "World leaders share tears, memories and Jelly Bellies". Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal–Gazette. Associated Press. p. 9A. Among the grieving were ... U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, 167 ambassadors, 25 current leaders, 14 foreign ministers, and 11 former heads of state. 
  6. ^ a b c Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 21 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  7. ^ a b Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 15 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  8. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 3 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  9. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 12 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  10. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 18 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  11. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 22 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  12. ^ a b Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 10 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  13. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 19 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html
  14. ^ Official State Department Document titled "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25, Page 13 - http://www.johnfkennedy.org/p/a-wounded-nation.html

Bibliography[edit]

  • United Press International; American Heritage Magazine (1964). Four Days. New York: American Heritage Pub. Co. pp. 140–141. 
  • "List of Dignitaries Expected at Kennedy's Funeral". The New York Times. November 25, 1963. p. 6. 
  • "Additional List of Dignitaries at President Kennedy's Funeral". The New York Times. November 26, 1963. p. 6.