The ‘Special Relationship’ – A History of Meetings Between British Monarchs and U.S. Presidents

WOODROW WILSON AND GEORGE V

(From left to right) Edith Bolling Wilson, Queen Mary, Woodrow Wilson, King George V and Princess Mary, in the garden at Buckingham Palace
Dec. 1918 (Library of Congress)

Although the meeting between George VI and FDR, depicted in Hyde Park on Hudson, marked the first time a British monarch traveled to the United States, it was roughly two decades earlier that the first sitting president traveled to England to meet a reigning royal. In 1918, Woodrow Wilson and his wife Edith stayed at Buckingham Palace as the invited guests of George V and his wife, Queen Mary. Wilson was on his way to the Paris peace conference at the end of World War I.

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