Sunday, May 06, 2007

Queen's visit is a boost for US-Great Briton relationship

Well...The main stream media is filled with events from the Queen of England's visit to the US, and covers a lot about the hats that she wears and that she is a horse woman, but there is very little mention of why she is here at this important crossroad in history.

To gain insight into the real reasons we have to go no further than the Margaret Thatcher Center For Freedom,, a part of the Heritage Foundation, a right wing conservative organisation in Washington DC.

PS: Don't forget to throw a little salt over your shoulder...( :

The Queen's U.S. State Visit: Strengthening the Special Relationship

by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D...May 2, 2007

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will visit the United States from May 3 to May 8 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. It will be the Queen's fourth state visit to America, following previous trips in 1991, 1976, and 1957. The visit includes a speech at the White House on May 7, alongside President Bush, and the laying of a wreath at the World War II Memorial in Washington on May 8.

The state visit carries huge symbolic significance as a powerful declaration of the ties that bind the United States and Great Britain, which comprise the most enduring and successful alliance in modern history. The Queen has served selflessly on the world stage as a great ambassador for the British people for over half a century. Her visit to the United States is an important exercise in public diplomacy that will reinforce and strengthen the Anglo–American Special Relationship.

In contrast to this week's lackluster U.S.–EU summit, which merited barely a footnote in the American press, the Queen's state visit will be a major media event due to intense public interest, reinforcing the fact that America's relationship with Britain is far more important, strategically and symbolically, than the Washington–Brussels nexus.

U.S.–U.K. Cooperation in the War on Terror

The Queen's state visit comes at a crucial time for the U.S.–U.K. alliance, when American and British forces are fighting side by side in the main theaters of the war on terrorism. The United States and the United Kingdom lead the global battle against al-Qaeda and state sponsors of international terrorism, while much of the world looks on from the sidelines. Washington and London also stand at the forefront of international efforts to prevent the emergence of a nuclear-armed Iran, and Britain has doubled its naval presence in the Persian Gulf, alongside the U.S. Navy, as a warning to the Iranian regime.

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