The little girl who rode her pony, Macaroni, on the White House lawn is now an accomplished writer, philanthropist, and mother. Given who her parents were, it’s no surprise.

As the last of the Camelot clan, Caroline Kennedy has the unhappy task of serving as a symbol of the family members she’s lost. However painful, though, she approaches carrying on the Kennedy legacy with a grace that recalls her famous mother, to which her involvement with the American Ballet Theatre, the Fund for Public Schools, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and other well-intentioned organizations speaks. She’s also a mother of three—Rose, Tatiana, and John—and no doubt she’s taught them some of the lessons her parents instilled in her. Though Jackie Kennedy was criticized for her views on gender expressed in her interview with Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., recorded several months after John F. Kennedy’s death, she went on to lead a very independent life. “John and I were lucky because our mother was a strong woman with high expectations and a strong sense of values. She encouraged us to pursue things we were interested in and not think what other people wanted us to do. Those were good lessons,” Caroline Kennedy told Parade.