Christine Keeler Posing in a Swimsuit on a Beach in Spain and France, 1963

English model and showgirl Christine Keeler travelled to Spain and France briefly before her controversial involvement with war minister John Profumo led to his resignation. She was a 19-year-old model and dancer. She had brief sexual relationships with John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War, and Captain Yevgeny ‘Eugene’ Ivanov, a Soviet naval attaché, during a similar period.

During the Cold War, the Profumo Affair of 1963 rocked the nation and the Conservative government. Whether Keeler could have passed sensitive information between her lovers, resulting in a security breach. She was branded a “tart” by Harold Macmillan, the prime minister whose government collapsed due to the scandal.

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