Queen Elizabeth II Has Visited With 12 U.S. Presidents, And Some Meetings Went Better Than Others

The Queen Meets Dwight Eisenhower

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Queen Elizabeth II paid her first visit to the United States while holding the throne in 1957. This was during the Cold War when tensions were high in the U.S. However, the young Queen made sure to balance her visit between duty and pleasure.

Eisenhower and the Queen first met when she was still a Princess, and Eisenhower befriended her parents. They maintained a good relationship and traveled on the Queen’s yacht together. During one visit, an American congressman yelled, “We have all fallen in love with the Queen, Ike!” If only all foreign relations carried on this well.