26 May 2011


Her great-great-great-great grandfather, King George III, could never have imagined a moment like this: the Queen of England toasting the President of the United States. She even called the U.S. Britain's most important ally. a lot can change in a couple of centuries, but the monarchy does provide some continuity. As President Obama noted in his dinner speech on May 24, during the Queen's reign there have been about a dozen presidents and a dozen prime ministers. The politicians come and go, but the Queen is here to stay.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Britain's Queen Elizabeth attend a State Banquet in Buckingham Palace in London May 24, 2011. Obama was treated to royal pomp at Buckingham Palace Tuesday on a two-day state visit aimed at ensuring the United States and Britain keep the "special" in their relationship. REUTERS/Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS ROYALS)

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