“Scions” with Eisenhower, horseback riding with Reagan, tea with Trump … Elizabeth II awakened her “special relationship” with the United States through American presidents.
Her first official meeting with a US president was in 1951 and was immortalized in black and white: Princess Elizabeth waving from the back of a convertible, accompanied by an apparently delighted Harry Truman.
And in his phrase to the former British colony, he revealed his potential as a statesman: “Free men everywhere look to the United States with affection and hope.”
Between Harry Truman and Joe Biden, the United States had 14 presidents. She knew them all except Lyndon B. Johnson.
Elizabeth II, whose reign defended the affirmation of the American superpower, applied the same treatment to all of her negotiators in Washington, a mixture of formal distance and skillfully detailed acquaintance.
There were banquets in the White House, or unmatched tea in one or the other of the Queen’s palaces. Isabel II posed with the Kennedys at the gala; She danced with Gerald Ford in a yellow dress and luxurious tiara at a state dinner to mark the bicentenary of American independence in 1976.
Tacos and Scones
But while satisfying the American press’s appetite for royal pomp and etiquette, the Queen was also busy nurturing it with less formal exchanges.
For example, he rode a horse around Windsor Castle with Ronald Reagan in 1982. The former Western filmmaker returned the favor in 1983, inviting him to share tacos and guacamole at his California ranch.
Invited to a baseball game by George Bush Sr. in 1991, he shook hands with all the players. According to a dispatch from the UPI agency at the time, the sovereign avoided hot dogs but drank a martini.
Also found in the US National Archives was his handwritten letter in 1960 handing over his recipe for the scone to Dwight Eisenhower, which the president sampled at the Scottish royal residence in Balmoral. The dough “shouldn’t rest for too long before baking,” recommends Queen.
Later, some US presidents said they felt an almost filmy affection for the aging sovereign.
“I don’t think he found it offensive, but it reminded me of my mom,” Joe Biden said of his encounter with the sovereign in June 2021. Yesterday he confirmed that he would attend her funeral
In 1982, a young senator, Joe Biden, preparing to meet the Queen for the first time, received this advice from his mother, a proud descendant of an Irish family: “Don’t bow down to her,” “Don’t bow down to her.” You don’t have the courage to bow down to him.”
Donald Trump told the Daily Mail that while drinking tea with his wife Melania at Windsor Castle in 2018, he thought of his mother: “She was a big fan of the Queen.”
Because of the age difference, Barack Obama said that Elizabeth II reminded him of his grandmother.
The reception of the US presidential couple at Buckingham Palace in 2009 remains in memory because at a certain point, going out of protocol, Michelle Obama put her hand around the Queen, which, to everyone’s surprise, did the same. “She meant a lot to us,” Obama said in a statement following the death of the British queen.
All five surviving former US presidents have paid tribute to Elizabeth II in press releases featuring their wives.
Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump both use the concepts of “elegance”, “sense of duty”, “mercy” and “humor” to evoke heavenly sovereignty.
Biden ordered the American flag to be lowered until the funeral, including the White House, which was burned by British troops in 1814.
In his lengthy statement, the US President summed up the sentiment prevailing across the world, especially in his country. “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She embodied an era,” he wrote.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said Rhinestone’s legacy “will live on in the pages of British history and in the history of our world.”