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"She gave me a look that only a mother could give a child"

President Bush at the White House, welcoming Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

"The American people are proud to welcome your Majesty back to the United States, a nation you've come to know very well. After all you've dined with 10 U.S. presidents. You've helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in 17-- in 1976," Bush said.

Bush looked at The Queen sheepishly. She peered back at him from beneath her black and white hat.

"She gave me a look that only a mother could give a child," Bush said as the crowd burst into laughter.

The Queen spoke at the State Dinner held in her honour –

"Tonight I would like to recognise that steadfast commitment your country has shown, not just in the last sixteen years, but throughout my life to a Europe whole and free. . .For those of us who have witnessed the peace and stability and prosperity enjoyed in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe over these post-war years, we have every reason to remember that this has been founded on the bedrock of the Atlantic Alliance. All the many and varied elements of our present relationship, be they in the fields of education, business, culture, sports, politics or the law have continued to flourish in the knowledge of this simple truth. . .Divided or alone we can be vulnerable. But if the Atlantic unites, not divides us, ours is a partnership always to be reckoned with in the defence of freedom and the spread of prosperity. That is the lesson of my lifetime. Administrations in your country and governments in mine may come and go, but talk we will, listen we have to, disagree from time to time may, but united we must always remain.

The video of The Queen's speech is here.

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