“May the light of your majesty’s crown continue to reign supreme for many years to come,” President Obama says...
On the historic occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, President Obama on Tuesday honored Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne in a video message sending her the “heartfelt congratulations of the American people.” The President and First Lady Michelle Obama paid a State Visit to The Queen in London in May of 2011, and stayed at Buckingham Palace. The visit included the President addressing Parliament and a huge State Banquet hosted by Her Majesty. At the end of their visit, the President and Mrs. Obama hosted a Return State Dinner for The Queen, held at Winfield House, the London home of the US Ambassador. (Above: The President toasts The Queen during the dinner; Tom Hanks is at left)
"Your Majesty, on the historic occasion of your Diamond Jubilee, Michelle and I send you and all the British people and members of the Commonwealth the heartfelt congratulations of the American people," President Obama said in his video.
The President described The Queen as “both a living witness to the power of our alliance and a chief source of its resilience.”
“In war and in peace, in times of plenty and in times of hardship, the United States and the United Kingdom have shared a special relationship. We’ve stood tall and strong and together we’ve faced some of the greatest challenges this world has known,” President Obama said.
Though many U.S. presidents and British prime ministers have come and gone, President Obama noted that “your majesty’s reign has endured.”
“As a steadfast ally, loyal friend and tireless leader, your majesty has set an example of resolve that will be long celebrated,” President Obama said. "It is gratifying to know that the bonds between our nations remain indispensable.”
“May the light of your majesty’s crown continue to reign supreme for many years to come,” President Obama concluded.
The President and Mrs. Obama honored British Prime Minister David Cameron with a State Visit and a State Dinner in March of this year.
*Photo by Pete Souza/White House: "President Barack Obama offers a toast to Queen Elizabeth II during a dinner held in the Queen's honor at Winfield House in London, England, May 25, 2011. Actor Tom Hanks is pictured at left."