Queen Elizabeth II had the pleasure of meeting 13 amazing US presidents during her supreme reign.
From John F Kennedy to Donald Trump, Her Majesty charmed many inhabitants of the US White House – and their wives.
It comes following a tradition first conceived by Winston Churchill at the end of World War II, where UK leaders aim to keep a ‘special relationship’ with our friends across the pond.
There is nobody in either Britain or the U.S. who can claim to have met, conversed and dined with 12 serving U.S. Presidents — plus a retired one – other than the Queen.
We take a look at her meetings with the US leaders over her record-breaking 70 years of reign.
President Harry Truman
In 1951, Elizabeth was just a 25-year-old princess when her and Prince Philip were invited to stay with the Trumans at Blair House.
Just one year later she was ascended to the throne after her father passed suddenly.
Speaking of the visit, Randy Sowell, archivist at the Truman Presidential Library, said: “With the King being ill, she was the heir to the throne. She was 25 years old, so she had undergone a lot of training in a short period of time to meet those responsibilities.”
President Dwight Eisenhower
Six years later, Queen Elizabeth spent four days at the White House in October 1957, as she and Prince Philip stayed with President Dwight Eisenhower and first lady Mamie Eisenhower.
Elizabeth and Philip resided in the same suites her father and mother, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon did for the duration of their four day trip.
President John F Kennedy
In 1961, the Queen hosted John F Kennedy and his First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, at Buckingham Palace. He was her first presidential palace visitor.
The US leaders stayed at the Palace for a private dinner.
The Queen would never see JFK again but it was said that his assassination touched her deeply at the time when she was heavily pregnant with Prince Edward.
President Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon first met the Queen in 1957, while he was vice president.
Queen Elizabeth later invited Nixon to lunch during his visit to London in 1969.
Their spouses were both also present on the meeting.
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President Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford and the queen danced during a state dinner in honour of her and Philip in 1976 at the White House.
The song that played while they danced was Frank Sinatra’s ‘The Lady is a Tramp’.
The leaders were celebrating the bicentennial overthrowing the British monarchy as The Ford administration threw a lavish gala.
President Jimmy Carter
Around a year later, Her Majesty met president Jimmy Carter at Buckingham Palace.
Other world leaders joined them at the May 1977 summit dinner.
At the time, Carter also met Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Queen Mother.
President Ronald Reagan
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan visited Windsor Castle.
During their stay, Reagan and Queen Elizabeth rode horses together.
He also became the first US president to sleep over at Windsor Castle when he visited the UK and a year later the Reagans hosted The Queen and Prince Philip at their ranch in Santa Barbara, California.
The two remained friends long after Reagan’s retirement from politics.
President George H.W. Bush
The Queen invited George HW Bush to dinner at Buckingham Palace in 1989.
She later attended her final state dinner at the White House in 1991 as they made a visit to the South Lawn to plant a tree together.
The tree replaced another, which had been planted by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937 in honour of the coronation of King George VI, the queen’s father.
President Bill Clinton
President Bill Clinton headed to London in 1995 to officially meet The Queen.
But they had met briefly in 1994, when Queen Elizabeth hosted President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton overnight aboard her royal yacht, the Britannia, while it was docked at Portsmouth Naval Base.
The former President said in a statement on Thursday that he and Hillary Clinton “will always be grateful for the kindness she showed us through the years, particularly during our visits to Buckingham Palace in 1995 and 2000, and for all she did to deepen the Special Relationship.”
President George W Bush
Elizabeth greeted President George W Bush outside Buckingham Palace in 2003 and later hosted him for a state dinner.
Learning of Her Majesty’s passing, the former president said he and First Lady Laura Bush “were honoured to have known Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
He added: “She was a woman of great intellect, charm, and wit.”
President Barack Obama
Her Majesty shared a private lunch with Barack Obama and his First Lady Michelle back in 2009 ahead of the G20 summit.
A while later, when Michelle Obama and her daughters paid a private visit to London, the Queen gave them a private tour of the Palace.
For the Queen’s 90th birthday, the Obamas were the first people who had come to extend their best wishes in person other than family.
President Donald Trump
Donald Trump briefly broke protocol when meeting Her Royal Highness in 2018.
The US president walked in front of the Queen and was spotted turning his back on her.
President Joe Biden
The Queen met current US president Joe Biden in 2021 on Biden’s first foreign trip as president.
He and First Lady Jill Biden joined the Queen at Windsor Castle.
Biden claimed that the Queen “reminded him of his mother”.