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

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HARRY TRUMAN AND GEORGE VI

Harry Truman (left) and George VI (right) on the USS Augusta, Aug. 2, 1945. (U.S. Army Signal Corps/Harry S. Truman Library)

On his way back from the Potsdam conference in 1945, President Harry S. Truman met King George VI aboard the U.S.S. Augusta off the coast of Plymouth, England.

Truman, and First Lady Bess, met the King’s daughter, the current Queen Elizabeth, when she was still a princess visiting Washington DC on behalf of her father in 1951 on her first trip to the U.S. The Trumans, along with their daughter Margaret, welcomed Elizabeth at the airport, where she received a 21-gun salute. Calling her a “fairy princess,” the president was entranced by her, and she, in turn, later told one of her aides how much she enjoyed Truman’s straightforward manner.

Princess Elizabeth gives a mirror to Harry and Bess Truman (left) in the White House Rose Garden, Nov. 2, 1951. (AP Images)

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