Thursday, November 16, 2006

Queen to Visit Jamestown

The Washington Times reports:

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will visit Virginia in May to mark the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in America, the queen announced yesterday.

The trip to the site of the Jamestown Settlement will be the fourth state visit to the United States for the queen and her husband.

The queen briefly announced the planned visit during her annual speech to Parliament, when she was outlining the government's legislative program for the coming session.


President Bush, in Moscow yesterday, said he hoped the visit would celebrate strong relations between the U.S. and Britain.

"The United States and the United Kingdom enjoy an extraordinary friendship that is sustained by deep historical and cultural ties and a commitment to defend freedom around the world," Mr. Bush said. "We look forward to her majesty's state visit as an occasion to celebrate these enduring bonds."


Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine welcomed the news from London, where he is in the midst of a four-nation trade and tourism [junket].


The Jamestown Settlement began as a business venture by a group of merchants operating under a charter granted by King James I in 1606.


The queen's last visit to the United States was in May 1991 to meet with the first President Bush. The earlier state visits were in 1957 and 1976.

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