All the times The Queen met the US Presidents from Truman to Trump - in pictures
12 July 2018, 14:42
This week (on Friday the 13th no less), US President Donald Trump will meet Queen Elizabeth II during his two-day stop in the UK.
Aside from Lyndon B Johnson, the Queen has met with every President since her reign began in 1952. Here are pictures from each of her high-profile meetings so far.
The Queen met with Harry Truman in Washington DC in 1951, the year before she became the Queen.
Aged 25, Elizabeth and Prince Philip met Truman and his wife Bess during a two-day visit. Acting on behalf of her father King George VI, who was ill at the time, Elizabeth gave Truman an ornate 18th-century ‘over mantle’ to hang above a fireplace in the White House. Truman said that “never before have we had such a wonderful young couple, who have so completely captured the hearts of all of us.”
Dwight D Eisenhower
Four years after she became queen, Elizabeth made her first state visit to the US, and met with Dwight D Eisenhower, during the Cold War.
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan also visited at the same time, and the Queen enjoyed a state dinner, a visit to Jamestown and an American college football game. She also met former President Herbert Hoover. Two years later, Elizabeth hosted Eisenhower at Balmoral.
John F Kennedy
Around half a million people lined London streets to greet JFK and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy when they arrived for a visit in 1961, only a few months after Kennedy’s inauguration.
The royals hosted the Kennedys at a state dinner at Buckingham Palace, and the President later wrote to the Queen saying he would “always cherish the memory of that delightful evening.”
The Queen previously met Nixon in 1957 when he was Vice President under Eisenhower. They then met again in 1969 when Nixon made an informal visit to the UK.
The Queen and Prince Philip hosted Nixon and wife Pat at Buckingham Palace, with a TV crew filming the occasion for a documentary called The Royal Family, broadcast one time only later in the year.
Soon after the 200th anniversary of America’s declaration of independence from Britain, the Queen visited Washington to celebrate the two nation's special relationship.
Gerald Ford and wife Betty hosted a state dinner, with the Queen and Ford sharing a dance together. Betty Ford later said that “the Queen was easy to deal with” and “If I hadn’t kept mixing up Your Highness and Your Majesty I’d give myself four stars for the way that visit went off.”
In 1977, the Queen hosted President Jimmy Carter at Buckingham Palace for a dinner with other heads of state during a NATO summit.
Carter infamously broke royal protocol by kissing the Queen Mother on the lips. Whoops! She was apparently not best pleased, saying: “Nobody has done that since my husband died.”
Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy became the first US President and First Lady to stay overnight at Windsor Castle in 1982.
That was the first of three visits the Reagan made to see the Queen in the UK during the 1980s, while she also visited his ranch in California in 1983.
Reagan later said that his first trip a “fairytale visit” and one of the most “fun” moments of his whole presidency. He also went horseback riding with Elizabeth while Nancy and Philip rode in a horse-drawn carriage. “I must admit, the Queen is quite an accomplished horsewoman,” he added.
George HW Bush
George HW Bush first met the Queen in 1989 in London, where he also met Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Elizabeth also took George and Barbara Bush on a tour of Buckingham Palace, while she also took a trip to Washington two years later.
Clinton enjoyed several visits to the UK during his presidency, mainly due to his involvement in the peace process in Northern Ireland at the time.
He first met the Queen at a banquet marking the 50th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day in Portsmouth. Six years later, the Queen hosted Bill, Hilary and daughter Chelsea at Buckingham Palace for tea.
George W Bush
George W Bush first met the Queen for lunch at Buckingham Palace during his six-day European tour in 2001, and two years later he became the first US president to make an official state visit to the UK.
At the same time of Bush's visit, around 100,000 people protested the Iraq War, costing the UK millions in security. George and Laura Bush also had a 41-gun salute and later enjoyed a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
Barack and Michelle Obama met with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on a state visit in 2011. The Obamas gave her a set of memorabilia and photographs from her parents’ trip to the US in 1939.
She also gave them a collection of letters exchanged between previous monarchs and US Presidents. The Obamas met the Queen again twice, and on her 90th birthday the president said: “She is truly one of my favorite people.”