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Profumo Affair Anniversary: What Happened To Christine Keeler, Harold Macmillan And Stephen Ward?

04/06/2013 17:36 BST | Updated 04/06/2013 17:37 BST
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File photo dated 22/7/1963 of Christine Keeler (right) and Mandy Rice-Davies leaving the Old Bailey after the conclusion of the fist day's hearing of the trial at the Old Bailey in which Dr. Stephen Ward, 50 year old osteopath faces vice charges. It is half a century since John Profumo, Secretary of State for War, lied in the House of Commons about having an affair with Christine Keeler.

Fifty years ago on Wednesday, British secretary of state for war, John Profumo, stood up in the Commons and denied he had conducted an affair with Christine Keeler.

He was lying.

For an elected official this would be bad enough were it not Keeler was alleged to be the mistress of Soviet spy, Yevgeny "Eugene" Ivanov, and the Cold War was at its peak.

In the scandal that unfolded it emerged the two had been introduced at a house party hosted by Dr Stephen Ward.

Also present was Ivanov who was also sleeping with Keeler.

The scandal rocked the British government and had far-reaching consequences for all involved.

See what became of the main protagonists in the gallery below.