Yesterday at 5:30pm BST (British Summer Time), Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-running monarch of the United Kingdom, having served for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes. Her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, previously held this record; she served from 1837-1901.
In honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s incredible milestone, here’s a look at the last time she visited America; during the 400th anniversary commemoration of the founding of Jamestown in Virginia. There, she took a tour of Jamestown Settlement, visited the White House, and gave a speech to the Virginia General Assembly during which she highlighted the deep connection between the United States and United Kingdom, saying;
“This 400th anniversary marks the moment to recognize the deep friendship which exists between our two countries. The bonds that draw us together of history, understanding, and warm regard are far stronger than any temporary differences of opinion…. It is one of the most durable international collaborations anywhere in the world, at any time in history. A friendship for which… I have good cause to be thankful. That is a lasting legacy of Jamestown.”
America, especially Plymouth, Massachusetts, has always had a unique connection to the United Kingdom, most notably from 1620 when the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England to the New World and the passengers on board founded Plymouth Colony. As we approach the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of “America’s Hometown”—events that significantly shaped the building of America—we look towards the future and building upon our close relationship with the United Kingdom by continuing our educational exchanges (like the Plymouth International Chorus project) and creating new cultural exchange, especially in 2020.
Who knows? Perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to have another royal visitor in the United States in 2020!
Can’t get enough of Queen Elizabeth II? Check out this BBC News gallery: 63 Years in 63 Pictures.