'One of my favorite people': What Queen Elizabeth meant to decades of American presidents

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(CNN)When Princess Elizabeth landed astatine Washington National Airport connected the past time of October 1951, she emerged from her airplane successful a raspberry reddish coat, a caller velvet-brimmed chapeau and, immoderate radical observed, much constitution than usual.

It was her archetypal authoritative sojourn to the United States, 3 months earlier she would go Queen. President Harry S. Truman traveled successful an open-topped limousine to greet her connected the tarmac.

In her precocious voice, its accent a refined counterpoint to Truman's midwestern inflection, the 23-year-old princess offered warmth for a federation that had rejected British royal regularisation 175 years earlier.

    "Free men everywhere," she proclaimed, "look towards the United States with affection and with hope."

      It was the archetypal clip Elizabeth would brushwood a sitting American president. Over her reign, she would conscionable 12 more, each antheral paying a grade of homage to the duty-bound pistillate whose precise beingness charted a period of history.

      Perhaps nary different idiosyncratic had met personally with truthful galore American leaders oregon had witnessed astatine adjacent scope the upheavals of war, exertion and authorities that person defined the "special relationship" betwixt the United States and the United Kingdom.

      Removed from the authorities of transatlantic relations, yet inactive astatine the precise halfway of British identity, the Queen provided American presidents a transportation to their predecessors, a reminder of what a beingness devoted to nationalist work looks similar and a spot of uniquely royal glitz.

        Many emerged enchanted, spellbound oregon starstruck.

        "Whenever anyone becomes acquainted with you," Truman told Elizabeth that time successful 1951, "they instantly autumn successful love."

        It was a sentiment that would beryllium repeated, successful truthful galore words, for the adjacent 70 years, arsenic American leaders visited her astatine her palaces successful the United Kingdom oregon erstwhile she traveled to the White House.

        "She is genuinely 1 of my favourite people," then-President Barack Obama said during a sojourn to London successful 2016, aft the Queen and her hubby drove successful their Land Rover to prime him up astatine Windsor Castle. "She's an astonishing person, and a existent jewel to the satellite and not conscionable to the United Kingdom."

        Some presidents, similar Ronald Reagan, bonded with the Queen implicit horses and state life. Others, similar Bill Clinton, recovered themselves impressed by her governmental aptitude.

        In caller years, arsenic she aged, presidents saw successful her their ain pasts. President Donald Trump said aft gathering her, his Scottish-born parent would beryllium proud. When helium visited the Queen astatine Windsor past year, President Joe Biden said she reminded him of his ain mother.

        Biden joins satellite   leaders successful  mourning the decease  of Queen Elizabeth II

        Queen Elizabeth's archetypal authorities sojourn to Washington came successful 1957, hosted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, astatine an important infinitesimal for the caller sovereign to correspond her state with its astir important ally.

        Yet adjacent Eisenhower, the commanding wide of US forces successful Europe during World War II, recovered himself humbled successful the beingness of the Queen.

        "There person been a fewer times successful my beingness erstwhile I person wished that the acquisition of eloquence mightiness person been conferred upon me," helium said during his toast astatine the authorities dinner. "This evening is 1 of those times."

        As it turned out, the Queen had a penchant for bringing retired the relaxed broadside of the American leaders she encountered. After inviting Eisenhower to Balmoral, her property successful the Scottish Highlands wherever she died connected Thursday, the Queen promised to supply him her look for scones. She followed up successful a missive respective months later.

        "Dear Mr. President," she wrote successful her scrawling, chiseled hand. "Seeing a representation of you successful today's newspaper, lasting successful beforehand of a barbecue grilling quail, reminded maine that I had ne'er sent you the look of the driblet scones which I promised you astatine Balmoral."

        When President John F. Kennedy arrived successful London for a authorities sojourn successful 1961, helium and his glamorous woman Jacqueline were met with crowds of Britons lining the streets. The meal was described arsenic "pleasant," though aboriginal determination were rumors of tensions betwixt the Queen and archetypal woman implicit the impermanent list.

        Kennedy, who was assassinated 2 years later, did not conscionable the Queen again. But erstwhile Britain dedicated a memorial to Kennedy successful Surrey, astir 20 miles extracurricular London, the Queen paid tribute alongside Mrs. Kennedy and the slain President's children.

        She ne'er met President Lyndon B. Johnson arsenic his presidency became consumed by the warfare successful Vietnam; helium remained the lone president she did not conscionable during her reign.

        The Queen had already met Richard Nixon erstwhile helium was serving arsenic vice president, but met him again arsenic president successful 1969, erstwhile helium paid a sojourn to the United Kingdom. Later, erstwhile the Queen's children -- Prince Charles and Princess Anne -- visited the Nixon White House, observers thought the President seemed unusually interested, hiring bands and arranging a peculiar ceremony.

        There was adjacent a hint of imaginable romance -- though it didn't cookware out.

        "That was the clip erstwhile they were trying to wed maine disconnected to Tricia Nixon," Charles recounted successful an interrogation with CNN successful 2021.

        President Gerald Ford was serving successful bureau arsenic the United States marked the 200th day of American independence, a bicentennial that besides marked its severance from Britain. Perhaps successful a amusement of enduring US-UK ties, Ford hosted the Queen for a authorities meal underneath a structure successful the Rose Garden.

        In a yellowish chiffon gown and diamond tiara, the Queen was whisked astir the creation level by the President.

        "The Queen was casual to woody with," then-first woman Betty Ford recounted successful her memoir. "She was precise definite astir what she wanted and what she didn't want. She loves Bob Hope and Telly Savalas, truthful we invited Bob Hope and Telly Savalas."

        President Jimmy Carter had a somewhat much mortifying acquisition during his sojourn to Buckingham Palace successful 1977: He kissed the Queen Mother connected her lips.

        "Nobody has done that since my hubby died," she exclaimed. Her husband, King George VI, died successful 1952.

        No president appeared much comfy with the Queen than Ronald Reagan, who became the archetypal American person to walk the nighttime astatine Windsor Castle successful 1982. A shared emotion of horses -- she the English rider; helium the Western cowboy (at slightest successful movies) -- seemed to cement their relationship.

        "I indispensable admit, the Queen is rather an accomplished horsewoman," Reagan wrote successful his memoir. He invited her the pursuing twelvemonth to his Rancho Del Cielo spot successful California, initially making plans for her to sail into Santa Barbara harbor connected the royal yacht.

        A terrible tempest scuttled the maritime plans, forcing the Queen to get by airplane. At the ranch, Reagan wore a jean overgarment and bolo necktie to service her and her hubby a Tex-Mex lunch: enchiladas, chiles rellenos, refried beans, tacos, atom and guacamole.

        Their relationship would agelong beyond Reagan's presidency. In 1989, she granted Reagan honorary knighthood to admit the US assistance during the Falkland Wars.

        When she came to Washington a fewer years later, President George H.W. Bush brought her to a Baltimore Orioles crippled and hosted her astatine the White House -- wherever she ended up encountering another, aboriginal president.

        Speaking with George W. Bush successful 1991 astir the caller brace of boots helium was wearing for her visit, the younger Bush revealed they'd been stamped with the words "God prevention the Queen." That prompted her to inquire if helium was the achromatic sheep of the family.

        "I conjecture so," helium acknowledged.

        "All families person them," she replied.

        During President Bill Clinton's presidency, helium met with the Queen during a circuit of her palace and astatine the 50th day of the D-Day landings. But during a sojourn to London successful 1997, helium and his woman Hillary turned down the Queen's invitation to tea, preferring alternatively to "be a tourist," according to documents released by the UK's National Archives past year.

        "The Americans said that the President and Mrs. Clinton were precise grateful for HM The Queen's invitation to beverage astatine the Palace, but would privation to diminution politely," a enactment from Blair's backstage secretary, Phillip Barton, revealed.

        Still, Clinton was impressed by the Queen's unsocial abilities.

        "Her Majesty impressed maine arsenic idiosyncratic who but for the condition of her birth, mightiness person go a palmy person oregon diplomat. As it was, she had to beryllium both, without rather seeming to beryllium either," helium wrote successful his memoir.

        More than a decennary aft their accidental archetypal gathering successful his father's White House, George W. Bush conscionable the queen respective times, including erstwhile helium became the archetypal US president to beryllium received with a authorities sojourn to Britain successful 2003.

        He would big Queen Elizabeth's last sojourn to the White House successful 2007; it was a symbolic motion to her archetypal State Visit arsenic queen 50 years earlier and marked the 400th day of the English colony of Jamestown, Virginia.

        During his welcoming remarks, helium inadvertently suggested the Queen had besides visited the White House successful 1776 -- adding 200 years to her age.

        "She gave maine a look that lone a parent could springiness a child," helium said aft winking successful the monarch's direction.

        The aging queen would not instrumentality to the White House again but continued receiving American presidents successful Britain. When Obama and his woman arrived successful London successful 2009, they came bearing an iPod loaded with footage of her erstwhile visits to Washington, on with recordings of immoderate of Obama's speeches.

        Etiquette hawks were aghast erstwhile Michelle Obama placed her manus connected the Queen, but the Queen herself did not look to care. Speaking with aides aft a meal astatine Buckingham Palace, Obama remarked she reminded him of his ain grandmother.

        "She's conscionable similar Toot, my grandmother. Courteous. Straightforward. All astir what she thinks. She doesn't endure fools," helium said, according to a memoir by 1 of his aides.

        His 2 predecessors besides felt pangs of maternal representation erstwhile they encountered the queen successful the last years of her life.

        "I was walking up and I was saying (to woman Melania): 'Can you ideate my parent seeing this scene? Windsor. Windsor Castle,'" Donald Trump told an interviewer afterward.

        Trump's mother, calved connected the Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland, was enraptured by the Queen; Trump recalled her watching Elizabeth's coronation connected television. While his ain sojourn to Windsor had awkward moments, similar erstwhile helium walked successful beforehand of the Queen arsenic they were reviewing an grant guard, the Queen herself evinced nary displeasure.

        When Biden visited the United Kingdom for a Group of 7 acme successful 2021, the Queen made a astonishment determination to question to the Cornish seashore to conscionable satellite leaders, a awesome of her tendency to stay engaged successful planetary affairs.

        When she hosted Biden aboriginal astatine Windsor Castle, she asked him astir 2 authoritarian leaders, Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia.

        Unlike Trump oregon Obama, Biden is not an Anglophile. He's a arrogant Irish American who has -- sometimes jokingly -- made references to the agelong British regularisation implicit his ancestors' island.

        Last twelvemonth besides wasn't his archetypal clip gathering the Queen; arsenic a young senator, he'd received proposal from his parent -- an Irish American calved with the surname Finnegan -- up of a planned engagement with the monarch.

        "Don't you bow down to her," she told him successful 1982, according to a memoir Biden published respective years ago.

          When helium met her past year, helium did not bow. But helium did remark connected a acquainted resemblance.

          "I don't deliberation she'll beryllium insulted," helium said, "but she reminded maine of my mother."

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