Queen Elizabeth’s visits with presidents often didn’t go as planned

Queen Elizabeth’s visits with presidents have often not gone as planned

  • Queen Elizabeth II has met more US presidents than any other head of state.
  • These reunions have often garnered the most attention for their unscripted moments.
  • The Queen’s sense of humor allowed her to dispense with protocol and overlook presidential missteps.

WASHINGTON — Early in her reign, Britain’s 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth II received crucial advice from Winston Churchill: Stay close to Americans.

“And that’s exactly what she did,” said Anita McBride, a board member of the White House Historical Association and former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush.

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