White House

May 7, 2007

Bush welcomes royal couple to Washington

President Bush welcomed Queen Elizabeth II with blaring trumpets and a 21-gun salute Monday before hosting his first high-formal White House dinner. It took the combined efforts of first lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to get him into white tie and tails, but the notoriously casual president put on a show befitting royalty for the queen and husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The daylong display of pomp began with an elaborate welcoming ceremony on the White House lawn and ended with a state dinner of Dover sole and spring lamb.

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