A gala dinner at the White House with the eleventh president of an historic reign

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Every week, we look at a famous image from the historic reign of The Queen. This latest photo shows her at the White House during one of her most talked about visits to the United States of America.

Records of the White House Photo Office (George W. Bush Administration), 1/20/2001 – 1/20/2009, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Washington on May 7th 2007 as their State Visit to the US entered its final phase. The official welcome took place on the South Lawn of the White House where they were greeted by President George W. Bush and First Lady, Laura Bush as well as over 7,000 guests. Later that evening, the President and First Lady hosted a State Banquet in honour of their royal visitors.

The gala took place in the State Dining Room of the White House with the main participants posing for photographs before sitting down to eat. The Queen and President Bush gave speeches.

George W. Bush was nearing the end of his second and final term as President when he hosted The Queen on this State Visit to the US. He was the eleventh President to hold office during her long reign. She is now on number fourteen.

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Lydia Starbuck

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.