The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Virginia to mark the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement. Other highlights include an arrival ceremony at the White House and a visit to the Kentucky Derby.If anyone out there makes the trip to the Historic Triangle to see Her Majesty, let me know by sharing your experience in the comments section for this entry. Have a great day!
May 3, 2007: Richmond, Virginia
Afternoon: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Governor’s Mansion before undertaking a walkabout to Capitol for an arrival and greetings ceremony. The Queen makes a speech to the Virginia Assembly. Evening: Arrival in Williamsburg.
May 4, 2007: Williamsburg, Virginia
Morning: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Jamestown Settlement. The Queen tours the Fort whilst The Duke of Edinburgh tours the ship SUSAN CONSTANT.
Her majesty and His Royal Highness arrive at the Jamestown archaeological site. The Queen visits the museum whilst The Duke of Edinburgh visits the vault (conservation facility).
The Royal couple view part of the original well before a tour of the dig and site. They present a gift to people of Virginia. The Queen attends a lunch at the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg. The Duke of Edinburgh attends a lunch in Norfolk.
Afternoon: The Queen visits the College of William and Mary where she meets students and academic alumni, requests the ringing of Wren Bell and receives a class award. The Duke of Edinburgh attends a reception onboard USS WISCONSIN.
May 5, 2007: Kentucky
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attend the Kentucky Derby.
May 6, 2007: Washington, D.C.
Evening: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Andrews Air Force Base.
May 7, 2007: Washington, D.C.
Morning: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attend an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. They inspect an Honour Guard and meet guests. The Queen and the President make speeches. A private lunch follows.
Afternoon: Photograph of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness with Commonwealth ambassadors. The attend a Garden Party at the Ambassador’s Residence.
Evening: State Dinner.
May 8, 2007: Washington, D.C.
Morning: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre. The Queen meets staff and visits the Mission Control Centre. The Duke of Edinburgh tours the spacecraft test facilities and robotics. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh view the ‘Science on a Sphere’ exhibition and plant a tree at the Visitor Centre.
Morning: The Queen holds an Investiture (three honorary awards) at the Ambassador’s Residence.
Afternoon: Her Majesty and His Royal Highness plant a tree at the Ambassador’s Residence before visiting the Children’s National Medical Center. The Queen visits the cardiac ward whilst The Duke of Edinburgh visits the research facility. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness meet young patients in recreational activities.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the World War II National Memorial where they lay a wreath, meet veterans of the war in the Pacific, visit the Field of Stars, and meet GI war brides.
Evening: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh host a return dinner at the Ambassador’s Residence, also attended by the President and Mrs. Bush. Departs Washington via Andrews Air Force Base.
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Thursday, May 03, 2007
The Queen Comes to America!
I wish I had known about this sooner. I would have made the effort to get to Jamestown for the festivities. I think it would be cool just to see Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, even if I had to use high-powered binoculars to do it. Buckingham Palace and the British Monarchy Media Centre have released this information about the Royal trip: