I wondered whether I should start this toast by saying, “When I was here in 1776…”
– Speech at the British ambassador’s residence in Washington, 2007
During the queen’s trip to the United States in 2007, President George W. Bush stumbled over his lines at the welcome ceremony, accidentally stating that Elizabeth had helped celebrate the U.S. bicentennial in 1776, rather than 1976 — adding 200 years to her age. At a later speech, attended by Bush, the queen playfully teased the President, provoking much laughter from him and the assembled dignitaries.
art credit: eleanor tomlinson