2007 State Visit by Her Majesty The Queen
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Photographic Portraits of The Queen Taken by Annie Leibovitz to Mark State Visit to US
British Embassy, Washington DC, 5/17/2007
Remarks by President Bush and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in an Exchange of Dinner Toasts
British Embassy, Washington D.C., 5/8/2020
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Visits NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA, Greenbelt, MD, 5/8/2020
President Bush Exchanges Toasts with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at State Dinner
The White House, 5/8/2020
Her Majesty The Queen's Speech at the White House Arrival Ceremony
British Embassy, Washington D.C., 5/7/2020
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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited the United States May 3-8, 2007. The Queen and Duke visited Virginia (Richmond, Williamsburg and Jamestown) on May 3-4 to mark the 400th Anniversary of the Jamestown settlement. Separately in Virginia, the Duke visited Norfolk.
On May 5, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness visited Kentucky to attend the Kentucky Derby. Finally, the royal couple visited Washington, DC, on May 7-8 where they were hosted by the President and First Lady Laura Bush, including a State dinner at the White House.
A principal theme of the visit was to emphasize the historic links and bonds of friendship between the United Kingdom and United States; a shared history and heritage but also a shared future in the fields of science, innovation and education. A common thread was the exploration of new frontiers, discovery and the desire to push back the boundaries of our worlds and knowledge, which is an enduring spirit from the settlers of 1607 to the astronauts and doctors of the 21st century. The visit also commemorated the two nations shared struggle and sacrifice.
In Virginia, the Queen and Duke were hosted by Governor Kaine and First Lady Anne Holten. On May 3, The Queen and Duke visited two of the Commonwealth of Virginia's most recognizable locations in Richmond: the governor's mansion and the capitol building. At the invitation of the state's legislature, the Queen addressed the Virginia General Assembly in a speech that reflected on the significance of the Jamestown anniversary and the UK/US relationship.
On May 3-4, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness visited Williamsburg and Jamestown.
The Queen and HRH visited the site of the first permanent English settlement in America at Jamestowne and saw the significant archaeological discoveries that have transformed the site since their last visit in 1957. The Royal couple also visited the Jamestown Settlement - a living history museum - with its insightful portrayal of 17th century Virginian life.
In Williamsburg, The Queen and HRH viewed the restored 18th Century Capital of Virginia. The Queen also visited the College of William and Mary to highlight the achievements of the college and higher education in Virginia, including the links between the US and UK.
On May 4, the Duke of Edinburgh attended a lunch in Norfolk, VA where UK military personnel have been contributing to the annual NATO festival.
In Washington, on May 7 the Queen and the Duke were welcomed at the White House by the President and First Lady. Events that day included arrival speeches - a Garden party at the British Ambassador's Residence and a State Dinner at the White House.
On May 8, the Queen and HRH visited the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The center is dedicated to learning and sharing knowledge of the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe. The visit gave the Royal couple the opportunity to meet 21st century explorers of new worlds. The visit is indicative of the long history of collaboration with the UK, including the Hubble telescope and Solar Dynamics Observatory. This visit also followed the signing, on April 19, of a statement of intent between NASA and the British National Space Center that confirmed their mutual desire for detailed discussions on specific areas of potential collaboration involving lunar science and exploration.
Later that day, The Queen and Duke had the opportunity to see first hand one of the US's leading pediatric institutions when they visited the Children's National Medical Center. In particular they learned how cutting-edge medical research is transferred to critical care for children.
Also on May 8 the Queen and Duke layed a wreath at the World War II Memorial. This element of the visit was the first opportunity for The Queen and HRH to see the memorial, which opened in 2004, and honor those who lost their lives in that war.