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When Queen Elizabeth came here to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the British settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, George Bush welcomed her to the White House by noting she had last visited when she came to help us “celebrate America’s bicentennial in 177…1976.”
The gaffe drew laughs from the 7,000 spectators and Bush remarked Queen Elizabeth “gave me a look that only a mother could give a child.”
Later, at a black-tie gathering, the queen opened her dinner toast to the president with a playful grin. “Mr President, I wondered whether I should start this toast saying I was here in 1776 but I don’t think I will.”
The guests and Bush erupted with laughter and the queen smiled broadly before continuing with her text.
At the beginning of his toast, Bush said, “Your Majesty, I can’t top that one!”