Kennedy matriarch Ethel’s daughters marked her 94th birthday on Monday by sharing touching tributes to their mother on Instagram – while posting several intimate family photos and childhood images.
Both Kerry and Rory Kennedy shared social media posts marking the occasion, while also praising their ‘superwoman’ mother’s ‘grace, humor and spunk’.
Kerry, 62, who is the ex-wife of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, posted twice: Once with recent photos of Ethel and her family, and again with old photos of the matriarch through the years.
Meanwhile Ethel’s youngest child Rory, 53, shared her own old photo with her mother, writing: ‘Happy birthday to my mother, turning 94 today with grace, humor, and spunk!’
Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy, celebrated her 94th birthday on Monday and two of her daughters shared touching Instagram tributes in her honor
Ethel’s daughter Kerry, who is the ex-wife of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, shared an image of herself with her mom and her daughters, Cara, Mariah, and Michaela
Cara, 26, Mariah, 26, and Michaela, 24, also featured in this image, posing happily with their mom Kerry and grandmother Ethel
Ethel’s youngest child Rory also wished her mother a happy birthday, sharing this snap of the two of them which was taken in the early ’70s
Kerry shared for photos of Ethel at different ages, from a black-and-white baby photo to sepia-toned childhood snaps.
‘Happy Birthday Ethel!’ she wrote.
In a second post, she included a photo of them together, as well as two of Ethel with her and her three daughters with Cuomo: Cara, 26, Mariah, 26, and Michaela, 24.
‘Happy birthday grandma!’ she captioned that one.
Rory’s photo, meanwhile, was from her own childhood, showing Ethel in the early ’70s with a flipped hairdo and Rory as a little girl.
Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy had eleven children in all, nine of whom are surviving — though only Rory and Kerry shared public birthday wishes.
Robert Kennedy, Jr., 68, was banned from Instagram last February for sharing false information related to the coronavirus.
In addition to lawyer and human rights activist Kerry, documentary filmmaker Rory, and anti-vaccine activist Robert Jr., Ethel’s children include Courtney Kennedy Hill, 65, former Massachusetts Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II, 69, attorney Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, 70, journalist Douglas Harriman Kennedy, 55, businessman Christopher George Kennedy, 58, and lawyer Max Kennedy, 57.
Ethel is pictured with Bobby in April 1968. He was shot and killed two months later
Kerry shared four photos of Ethel at different ages, from a black-and-white baby photo to sepia-toned childhood snaps
Ethel was born on April 11, 1928 and had 11 children with her husband
David died in 1984 at age 28 of a drug overdose, while Michael died in 1997 at age 39 in a skiing accident.
Ethel, whose maiden name is Skakel, wed Robert, known as Bobby, in June 1950, 18 years before he was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
At the time of the shooting, Ethel was pregnant with their youngest child Rory, who was born six months after her father passed away.
After his death, she reportedly vowed never to marry again, and she has remained unwed ever since.
A few months ago, Ethel spent the winter holidays with some of her family, ringing in the New Year in Hyannis Port with Kerry, Michaela, Maria, and Cara, as well as her daughter Courtney.
Kerry shared a family photo on December 27, telling followers: ‘Happy new year from our family to yours!’
She and her daughters smiled and dressed up for the shot, which was snapped along the water.
Ethel spent New Year’s with family (pictured left to right: Kerry, Mariah, Ethel Kennedy, and Courtney Kennedy Hill)
Mariah smiled for a photo with her grandmother Ethel at the Kennedy compound
Kerry and Ethel got in the Christmas spirit in their matching red and white outfits earlier in the week
In another snap shared by Michaela, Kerry and Ethel posed together. Both were in the full Christmas spirit, with Ethel wearing a red sweater topped with a sparkly white cardigan that has been affixed with a ‘ho, ho, ho’ pin.
Kerry, meanwhile, wore a red and white Santa-themed top with cold shoulder cut-outs and peppermint decorations on the front.
On New Year’s Eve, several of the family members came together to celebrate 2022.
Mariah posed alongside her grandmother, Ethel, both wearing ‘Happy New Year’ crowns.
They were joined for another photo by Kerry and Kerry’s sister Courtney Kennedy Hill, 65.
All of the festivities appear to have taken place at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and his wife Rose bought the first property there in 1928. Their son, former President John F. Kennedy, purchased a home nearby in 1956, and former Senator Ted Kennedy also bought a home there in 1959.
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Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
The oldest of nine Kennedy siblings was killed in action during World War II when he was 29.
Joseph, who was a Navy pilot at the time, was killed in a mid-flight explosion in 1944. He was awarded the Navy Cross following his death.
Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy Cavendish
Kathleen Kennedy was born on February 20, 1920. She was the second daughter and fourth Kennedy child.
She died in a plane crash in France in 1948 when she was 28 years old. She was living in England at the time after marrying a British nobleman.
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. died fighting in WWII aged 29. His sister Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy Cavendish died in a plane crash in France in 1948 when she was 28
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy was the second child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy. He and his wife, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, had daughter Caroline and son John, Jr.
He became the youngest president after being sworn in on January 20, 1961.
President John F. Kennedy’s presidency ended tragically with his assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
Robert F. Kennedy
Robert Francis Kennedy, the seventh Kennedy child, was born on November 20, 1925. He married Ethel Skakel in 1950 and they had 11 children together.
He successfully ran for Senate in New York in 1964 following his brother’s assassination. RFK announced his candidacy for president in 1968.
He was fatally shot two months later at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He was 42.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles in 1968 aged 42
Born in September 13, 1918, Rosemary was the eldest daughter and third Kennedy sibling.
She had intellectual disabilities as a young child and teenager. Rosemary underwent a new procedure, authorized by her father, when she was 22 that was supposed to help calm her and stop her violent mood swings.
The procedure, however, left her permanently incapacitated.
She eventually went to live at the St. Coletta’s School for Exceptional Children in Jefferson, Wisconsin. Rosemary remained there until she died in 2005.
Patricia was the sixth child and fourth daughter of Rose and Joseph Kennedy.
She married English actor Peter Lawford in 1954 and they went on to have four children: Christopher, Sydney, Victoria, and Robin.
They divorced in 1965.
She moved to New York City with her children in 1966 where she founded the National Committee for the Literary Arts.
She died in September 2007 at the age of 82.
Rosemary Kennedy, who was permanently incapacitated after a surgical procedure when she was 22, died at a Wisconsin facility in 2005. Patricia Kennedy died in September 2007 at the age of 82
Edward M. Kennedy, who was the youngest of the Kennedy children, died of brain cancer in August 2009 when he was 77.
He served as a Massachusetts Senator for almost 47 years, making him the third longest-serving member of the US Senate in American history.
He died just two weeks after his older sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who was born July 10, 1921, was the fifth of the nine Kennedy children.
In 1953, she married Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. and the pair had five children: Robert III, Maria, Timothy, Mark, and Anthony.
She emerged from a powerful male-dominated political family to found the Special Olympics in 1968 and become a leading advocate of the mentally disabled.
She died in hospital in August 2009.
Ted Kennedy died of brain cancer in 2009 just two weeks before his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver died in hospital