What would Jackie say? Dishevelled Kennedy clan look less than picture-perfect as they celebrate Fourth of July on Cape Cod

Whatever happened to Camelot Dishevelled Kennedy clan look less than picture-perfect celebrating Fourth of July on Cape Cod

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20:55 GMT, 5 July 2012

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UPDATED:

07:50 GMT, 6 July 2012

The Kennedy clan congregated at their Cape Cod estate for a July Fourth family celebration of patriotic proportions.

Participating in a village parade at Hyannisport, where the family's waterfront compound resides, numerous Kennedys dressed up in stars and stripes, wigs and comical presidential-style hats to celebrate Independence Day with vigor.

But the golden era of America's great political dynasty seems to be a distant memory; decades on, the family far from resembles the sartorially picture-perfect images of Jackie and JFK vacationing in the very same Massachusetts spot.

Politically correct: Robert Kennedy Jr. walked around shirtless while the family congregated in Cape Cod for a July Fourth celebration of patriotic proportions

Politically correct: Robert Kennedy Jr. walked around shirtless while the family congregated on Cape Cod for a July Fourth celebration of patriotic proportions

Father and son: Robert Kennedy Jr. with Conor before participating in a village parade at Hyannis Port

Father and son: Robert Kennedy Jr.'s son Conor pictured before participating in a village parade at Hyannis Port

Father and son: Robert Kennedy Jr.'s son Conor before participating in a village parade at Hyannisport

Leaving all modesty behind, Robert
Kennedy Jr., President John F. Kennedy's nephew, walked the streets
wearing just a towel; his son, Conor, looked dishevelled roaming barefoot, while grandmother Ethel looked on, wearing a Joe
Kennedy for congress campaigning T-shirt.

Joan
Bennett Kennedy and her son Patrick opted for cliche star-spangled
costume hats for the festivities, while Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of
Maria Shriver, and grandson of Eunice Kennedy, blended into the crowd with an
American flag-themed cap.

Comic relief: Joan Bennett Kennedy wore a festive hat at the July 4th parade

Comic relief: Joan's son Patrick Kennedy also dressed up for the parade

Comic relief: The Kennedys dressed up in stars
and stripes, wigs and comic presidential-style hats to celebrate
Independence Day with vigor, including Joan
Bennett Kennedy (left) and her son Patrick (right)

All-American disguise: Ted Kennedy Jr. wears a festive wig at the July 4th parade

Motorised: Ethel Kennedy was seen wearing a Joe Kennedy campaign T-shirt while driving a golf cart during the July 4th parade

All-American: Ted Kennedy Jr. wore a festive wig at the July 4th parade (left), while Ethel Kennedy was seen wearing a Joe Kennedy campaign T-shirt driving a golf cart (right)

Music sensation Taylor Swift, 22, who is rumoured to be dating the 18-year-old Schwarzenegger, also joined the Kennedys for several days over the Fourth of July holiday.

Bringing
her classic charm and polished looks to the otherwise seemingly unkempt
family, she wore a soft yellow-hued and knee-length demure summer
dress.

Parade hopping: Max Kennedy walks through the village for July 4th celebrations

Action packed: Patrick Shriver Schwarzenegger, son of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the July 4th parade on Cape Cod

Action packed: Ted Kennedy (left) joined the family, as did Patrick Shriver Schwarzenegger (right), son of JFK's niece Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the July 4th parade on Cape Cod

The Kennedys were once captured in
cinematic-like images which, looking back now, could have easily been
lifted straight from an all-American bourgeois lifestyle magazine.

Although
they appear to have lost some of that fascinating, sartorially
put-together and awe-inspiring charm Jackie brought to the pedigreed
family, this holiday may have simply been a way for the politically
charged and grieving family to let loose.

Nostalgic moments: President John F Kennedy aboard the 'Honey Fitz' off Cape Cod, with niece Maria Shriver (left), and daughter, Caroline (right) on 28 July, 1963

Nostalgic moments: President John F Kennedy aboard the 'Honey Fitz' off Cape Cod, with niece Maria Shriver (left), and daughter, Caroline (middle) on 28 July, 1963

Picture perfect: JFK and Jackie with daughter Caroline in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, one of the many cinematic-like images of the all-American family

Picture perfect: JFK and Jackie with daughter Caroline in Hyannis Port in August 1963, one of the many cinematic-like images of the all-American family

It was only two months ago that Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert Kennedy Jr., and the mother of Conor, was found dead after hanging herself in her Bedford, New York home.

At the time, the Kennedy family issued a statement that read: 'We deeply regret the death of our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and creative spirit will be sorely missed by those who loved her.'

Family time: President John F. Kennedy with his children, John Jr. and Caroline, and their cousins, on the way to a candy store in Hyannis Port on 26 August, 1963

Family time: President John F. Kennedy with his children, John Jr. and Caroline, and their cousins, on the way to a candy store in Hyannis Port on 26 August, 1963

Icon style: JFK and Jackie stroll along a pier in Hyannis Port on July 19, 1960, a glimpse of the sartorially put-together and awe-inspiring charm Jackie brought to the pedigreed family

Icon style: JFK and Jackie stroll along a pier in Hyannis Port on July 19, 1960, a glimpse of the sartorially put-together and awe-inspiring charm Jackie brought to the pedigreed family

'Our heart goes out to her children who she loved without reservation,' the statement added.

While also celebrating July Fourth as a united family, they were also supporting Joe Kennedy, the son of former U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II, and the grandson of late Robert F. Kennedy, in his run for U.S. congress.