The National Cherry Blossom Queen Festival
Each year since 1948, 50 representatives from the U.S. states and territories come together to participate in the Cherry Blossom Queen Festival.
Presidents and the First Families have participated in the celebration over the years, and it was not unusual for the Vice President or a Cabinet member to spin the “Wheel of Fortune” to randomly select the crown winner.
Photos: Tricia Nixon and 50 Cherry Blossom Queen Festival representatives at the White House. 4/9/70.
Lynda Bird Johnson in a motorcade of Cherry Blossom Festival Princesses in Washington, D.C. 4/7/62.
Mamie Eisenhower crowns the Cherry Blossom Queen, Janet K. Bailey at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. 4/11/53.
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon were inaugurated in 1957, photographers captured an image of them on the Inaugural Parade viewing stand with the President’s grandchildren, Anne and David Eisenhower, and the VP’s daughters, Julie and Tricia Nixon.
David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon Eisenhower are now married, and in the most recent book that they co-authored, they recall that the event may have been the start of their lifelong romance.
David Eisenhower writes in “Going Home to Glory” that in one version of “the resulting photograph, I am staring intently at Julie and she is looking at me.”
-from the Eisenhower Library
Today in 1971, Richard Nixon walked his oldest daughter, Tricia Nixon down the aisle to marry Edward Cox. Tricia and Edward’s White House wedding included a ceremony in the Rose Garden, and a reception in the East Room.