White House Wednesdays

Without a doubt, my most favorite and most rewarding piece I have ever written as a historian was my chapter on the Queen at the White House. It should have been a book by itself. She was the “tapestry,” as @katie_nicholl would say, that held all together. In her first Christmas broadcast, following her accession in 1952, Her Majesty stated “I want to ask you all, whatever your religion, to pray for me on that day- to pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve Him and you, all the days of my life”. And that is exactly what She did!!

Her Majesty’s popularity in America is a testimony to the enduring relationship between the United States and Great Britain, despite our rather complicated beginnings. In her Christmas broadcast of 1976, the Queen said “This year we went to America to join in their Bicentennial celebrations. Who would have thought 200 years ago that a descendent of King George III could have taken part in these celebrations?…… The United States was born in bitter conflict with Britain, but we didn’t remain enemies for long. From our reconciliation came incalculable benefits to mankind and a partnership which, together with many countries of the Commonwealth, was proved in two world wars and ensured that the light of liberty was not extinguished”.

@SharonOsbourne may have paid tribute best “Rest In Peace Queen Elizabeth ll. The embodiment of strength, dignity and unwavering commitment to her vow. May you be at peace beside His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg. Long Live The King.”

Forever grateful your Majesty

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