First Couples

One of the most controversial aspects of President Donald Trump’s trip to the U.K. is his planned meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of Brits have vowed to protest the visit, including the decision to honor him with a meeting from the head of state. But Trump is joining a long line of U.S. leaders who have met the world’s longest-reigning monarch since her coronation in 1952. The Queen has met 10 of the eleven U.S. presidents who have held office since then—all except Lyndon B. Johnson, who only made state visits to Asia during his time in office. Below, a timeline of what happened during the Queen’s previous meetings with American leaders.

Harry Truman – October 31, 1951
Bettmann Archive/Getty ImagesPresident Harry S. Truman and Britain’s Princess Elizabeth are shown as their motorcade got underway following the reception ceremony at Washington National Airport on October 31, 1951.

Elizabeth was not yet queen when, at the age of 25, the princess first met an American president. Harry Truman and his wife Bess hosted Elizabeth and Prince Philip on a two-day visit to Washington D.C. Acting on behalf of her father King George VI, who was gravely ill at the time, Elizabeth gave Truman an ornate 18th-century ‘over mantle’ to hang above a fireplace in the White House, as Pathé newsreel from the time shows. The president said that, while he had received many guests in Washington, “never before have we had such a wonderful young couple, who have so completely captured the hearts of all of us.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower – October 17, 1957
Keystone/Getty Images20th October 1957: Queen Elizabeth II, US president Dwight D Eisenhower (1890 – 1969) with his wife Mamie (1896 – 1979) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at a White House State banquet.

Four years after she was crowned, Queen Elizabeth made her first state visit to the U.S., midway through Dwight D. Eisenhower’s two terms as president. The visit came during the Cold War—a crucial time for the U.S.-U.K alliance. British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was also in town for urgent talks with the American leadership. The Queen, though, found time for more lighthearted events, as chronicled by LIFE Magazine, including a state dinner, a visit to Jamestown, Va.—site of the first British settlement in America—and her first American college football game. She also met former President Herbert …read more

Source:: Time – World


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