Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, have been having dinner with President George W Bush on the latest leg of a state visit to the United States of America. The flags were out as the royal couple were welcomed onto the White House lawn, amid thousands of guests. Bush said: “The American people are proud to welcome Your Majesty back to the United States, a nation you have come to know very well. After all, you have dined with 10 US presidents.”
Florists had arranged several thousand flowers for the banquet, which has been deemed a white-tie event, the most formal of all the dress codes. The royal couple also visited Virginia to mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown,
the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
It is the first time Queen has made a so-called ‘carbon-offset’ state visit. Buckingham Palace is making a contribution to help neutralise the 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted by the planes used for the trip.