Jan 17, 2013

Portraits of the Queen with the Last 12 U.S. Presidents


Since her ascension to the throne on February 6, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has met all U.S. Presidents with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson. She actually would have met President Johnson during the funeral of President John F. Kennedy but was pregnant with her third son, Edward, and was unable to make the trip.

Before her coronation she also met former President Herbert Hoover and President Harry Truman. President Truman is the only U.S president to have met the Queen while she was still a Princess back in 1951. Below you will find a gallery of the Queen’s encounters with the U.S. Presidents through the years.



1. Queen Elizabeth
and (former) President Herbert Hoover

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Queen Elizabeth met former President Herbert Hoover in 1957, more than 20 years after he left the White House. She joined Hoover and New York Mayor Robert Wagner at a luncheon in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, New York, Oct. 21, 1957. The Mayor’s luncheon was held in honour of the Queen after she was given a ticker tape parade up lower Broadway and an official city welcome at city hall. [Source]



2. Princess Elizabeth
and President Harry S. Truman


Princess Elizabeth and President Harry S. Truman in the Canadian Embassy in Washington on Nov. 1, 1951, during a formal dinner for the Trumans. The princess and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, played host to the Trumans following their Canadian tour. [Source]



3. Queen Elizabeth
and President Dwight D. Eisenhower


President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first sitting U.S. president to host Queen Elizabeth. Here she stands with Eisenhower at the White House State banquet he held in her honor on Oct. 20, 1957, in Washington. Eisenhower is wearing the British Order of Merit awarded him by King George VI after World War II.



4. Queen Elizabeth
and President John F. Kennedy

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip host Queen’s Dinner for President Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy at Buckingham Palace on June 5, 1961. [Source]



5. Queen Elizabeth
and President Richard Nixon


Queen Elizabeth is pictured with U.S. President Richard Nixon at Chequers, Buckinghamshire, in 1970. [Source]



6. Queen Elizabeth
and President Gerald Ford


President Gerald Ford and Queen Elizabeth dance during the state dinner in honour of the Queen and Prince Philip at the White House on July 17, 1976, in Washington. [Source]



7. Queen Elizabeth
and President Jimmy Carter

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When President Jimmy Carter met Queen Elizabeth II in London’s Buckingham Palace on May 1, 1977 he declined to bow and instead went for a kiss. The queen was said to have held a grudge against Carter over the hello smooch for years. [Source]



8. Queen Elizabeth
and President Ronald Reagan


Queen Elizabeth of England making a toast at a state dinner given in her honour by President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan in San Francisco, March 1983.



9. Queen Elizabeth
and President George H.W. Bush


President George H.W. Bush escorts Queen Elizabeth II from the White House to a helicopter en route to Baltimore to watch her first Major League Baseball game on May 15, 1991, in Washington. [Source]



10. Queen Elizabeth
and President Bill Clinton

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Queen Elizabeth sits alongside President Bill Clinton at the Guildhall in June 1994 prior to attending a banquet for the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. [Source]



11. Queen Elizabeth
and President George W. Bush


George W. Bush pulled out all the stops when he hosted Queen Elizabeth at the White House in 2007. The state dinner was the only white-tie event that Bush, a president famous for his Texas drawl and informal style, held at the White House. Here the two walk through St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in England, June 15, 2008. [Source]



12. Queen Elizabeth
and President Barack Obama

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II give a toast during State Banquet in Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2011 in London, England. [Source]



13… The Dubya

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