If someone gave you the option of watching ten Republicans debate at the Reagan Library OR watching Queen Elizabeth II commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown settlement in Virginia…. which would you choose?
— Media Lizzy
Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz, taken in March 2007 – the Queen is seated in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace
Details regarding the Queen’s gown and jewels: For her portrait, the Queen chose a Stewart Parvin gown of champagne duchesse satin embroidered white gold thread and a white fur stole. She set off the dress with the dazzling Queen Mary “Girls of Great Britain and Ireland” Tiara. This was given to the future Queen Mary as a wedding present in 1893 having been bought from Garrard, the London jeweller, by a committee organised by Lady Eve Greville. In 1947 Queen Mary gave it to her granddaughter as a wedding present. It was originally a diamond festoon-and-scroll design surmounted by nine large oriental pearls on diamond spikes and set on a bandeau base of alternate round and lozenge collets between two plain bands of diamonds, but the Queen, as here, usually wears it without the base or pearls.
The Queen also chose another wedding present, the glittering Nizam of Hyderabad necklace, commissioned by the Nizam and made by Cartier. She teamed this with the large Queen Mary’s bow brooch, another gift from her grandmother.
Details of the visit:
3 May 2007:
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Governor’s Mansion before undertaking a walkabout to Capitol for an arrival and greetings ceremony.
The Queen makes a speech to the Virginia Assembly.
Evening: Arrival in Williamsburg.
4 May 2007:
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Jamestown Settlement.
The Queen tours the Fort whilst The Duke of Edinburgh tours the ship SUSAN CONSTANT.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness arrive at the Jamestown archaeological site.
The Queen visits the museum whilst The Duke of Edinburgh visits the vault (conservation facility).
The Royal couple view part of the original well before a tour of the dig and site.
They present a gift to people of Virginia.
The Queen attends a lunch at the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg.
The Duke of Edinburgh attends a lunch in Norfolk.
The Queen visits the College of William and Mary where she meets students and academic alumni, requests the ringing of Wren Bell and receives a class award.
The Duke of Edinburgh attends a reception onboard USS WISCONSIN.
5 May 2007:
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attend the Kentucky Derby.
6 May 2007:
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Andrews Air Force Base.
7 May 2007:
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attend an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.
They inspect the Honour Guard and meet guests; Queen and President make speeches.
A Private lunch follows.
Photograph of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness with Commonwealth ambassadors
They attend a Garden Party at the Ambassador’s Residence.
State Dinner at The White House
8 May 2007:
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre.
The Queen meets staff and visits the Mission Control Centre.
The Duke of Edinburgh tours the spacecraft test facilities and robotics.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh view the ‘Science on a Sphere’ exhibition and plant a tree at the Visitor Centre.
9 May 2007:
The Queen holds an Investiture (three honorary awards) at the Ambassador’s Residence.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness plant a tree at the Ambassador’s Residence before visiting the Children’s National Medical Center.
The Queen visits the cardiac ward whilst The Duke of Edinburghvisits the research facility.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness meet young patients in recreational activities.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the World War II National Memorial where they lay a wreath; meet veterans of the war in the Pacific; visit the Field of Stars and meet GI war brides.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh host a return dinner at the Ambassador’s Residence, also attended by the President and Mrs Bush.
Depart Washington via Andrews Air Force Base.
Previous visits to the United States of America
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have made three State Visits to the USA:
October 1957 (President Eisenhower)
July 1976 for the US Bicentennial (President Ford)
May 1991 (President Bush).
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also made an official visit to the West Coast of America in February/March 1983.
Visits by American Presidents to the UK include:
President and Mrs Kennedy dined with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace in June 1961;
President Nixon had lunch with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace in February 1969;
President and Mrs Reagan made an official visit to the UK in June 1982, staying at Windsor Castle;
President and Mrs Bush had lunch with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in June 1989;
President and Mrs Clinton visited The Queen in December 2000 at Buckingham Palace;
President and Mrs Bush had lunch with The Queen in July 2001 at Buckingham Palace;
President and Mrs Bush made an official visit to the UK in November 2003.