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Bonaparte-Savoy 02-03-2013 01:05 PM

European Monarchs and American Presidents
 
Dear fellow royal fans,
I was wondering if any of you know about past/present European monarchs and their relationships with American presidents/who were their favorite American presidents? Especially Her Majesty Elizabeth II. I always wonder who her favorite American president is/was. Please forgive me if I sound like a conceited American, I'm just interest in European royal family relationships with American presidents. If there's already another thread like this or if it's in the wrong section, can the mods please delete it/move it? Thanks for reading, it means a lot to me.

COESpiral 02-03-2013 03:24 PM

I can't remember where I read this but I believe it's been said the US President she got along best with was Ronald Reagan. I think it was due to a mutual love of horses and I've seen pictures of them getting ready for a ride. Don't know if they were at Balmoral or Sandringham or some other location.

NGalitzine 02-03-2013 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by COESpiral (Post 1512922)
I can't remember where I read this but I believe it's been said the US President she got along best with was Ronald Reagan. I think it was due to a mutual love of horses and I've seen pictures of them getting ready for a ride. Don't know if they were at Balmoral or Sandringham or some other location.

It was at Windsor during the Reagans offical visit to the UK and the dinner was also at Windsor. Although she has met almost all of the American Presidents since Truman (I think LBJ was the exception) I doubt if she saw any of them frequently enough or long enough to have developed too close a friendship with any of them.

EIIR 02-03-2013 04:42 PM

I think the perceived wisdom on HM's relationships with American presidents is that she got along very well with Reagan. It's hard to see HM heading out on horseback for a morning ride with any of the other US presidents she's met. Mrs Reagan has also always been very complimentary about the Queen and how well they all got on.

As Princess Elizabeth, President Truman welcomed HM to the US and, while standing next to her, told his audience that he was only disappointed that all Americans wouldn't get the chance to see her as he had been told that as soon as anyone became acquainted with her they "fell in love with her". It can be seen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfxA7L2p0mU

I've got a soft spot for this hand-written letter from HM to President Eisenhower in 1960 which included a recipe for drop scones that she had promised to send him while he was at Balmoral. It's so incredibly informal, telling him that she's tried the recipe with golden syrup and treacle, and that when making them for fewer people she just puts less flour and milk in. The letter is very sweet and suggests that they at least got on pretty well.

HM also seemed to enjoy the company of Mrs Obama on her visit to the UK. The Queen put her arm around her, which I don't remember seeing her do before or after.


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