Monday, May 07, 2007

QUEEN FULFILS LIFELONG AMBITION ON U.S. TOUR



The Queen has fulfilled a lifelong ambition by visiting the Kentucky Derby, one of America’s premier horse races, whilst on a week long tour of the U.S. Her Majesty was warmly greeted by the crowds as she began her first U.S. visit for 16 years, with a visit to Richmond, Virginia. Many people were eager to catch a glimpse of the real-life monarch made famous by Helen Mirren in her Oscar-winning movie, “The Queen”. Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz has produced an official portrait of The Queen to mark her visit to America. The imposing photo was inspired by a Cecil Beaton photo of Her Majesty taken over 40 years ago and shows the Queen sitting in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, dressed in a pale gold evening dress, fur stole and diamond tiara.

Whilst in Virginia, The Queen paid tribute to the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings saying that her heart went out to them and had a private meeting with some of the survivors and bereaved families affected by the tragedy. The Queen and Prince Philip also toured Jamestown, celebrating its 400th anniversary as the first English settlement in the Americas.

U.S. President George Bush and his wife Laura are due to welcome the Queen and Prince Philip to the White House today, where a special banquet will be held in their honour. The Queen will then be delivering a keynote speech before heading off to a garden party at the British ambassador’s residence.

PHOTOS:- Courtesy of BBC Website

4 comments:

Sharon Lynne said...

I finally saw the movie "The Queen" a couple of nights ago!

So your post about the Queen caught my eye. It was fun to read about her trip to America..and the places she visited.

Janey Loree said...

Having Her Majesty, The Queen visit the United States is quite memorable!!! I love her lavender and salmon outfit! On FOX News it looked like it was gray...maybe grayish lavender! She is a special lady.

Naomi said...

The Queen was such a good movie Sharon. I really enjoyed that one and I think it shows the public that Her Majesty may be a Queen but she is still human with the same feelings as the rest of us.

The Queen certainly is a special lady Janey. She sets a great example to the rest of the Royal family and we all love her dearly.

Princess Haiku said...

Are you going to the concert, Naomi? It looks wonderful and I think the whole world loved Princess Diana. Your links to the concert are great.