Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is the longest reigning monarch in British history. In April 2020, the queen turned 94 — and apparently, she doesn't ever intend to retire. During her long reign, the queen has met every sitting U.S. president at least once, except for Lyndon B. Johnson. She met her first U.S. president while she was still a princess at the age of 25. Altogether, she's met 12 U.S. presidents. You'd be hard-pressed to find another person who has met that many presidents!
1. The Queen And President Harry S. Truman
President Truman visited the U.K. in 1945, before Elizabeth became Queen. The two later met in 1951 when then-Princess Elizabeth visited the United States. This photo of President Harry S. Truman with Princess Elizabeth was taken during a dinner at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. The Princess and her husband, Prince Philip, visited Washington D.C. at the end of their Canadian tour. During their meeting, Princess Elizabeth told President Truman, "Free men everywhere look towards the United States with affection and with hope."
2. The Queen And President Harry Truman
Here is another photo from the royal visit with President Truman in 1951. The original caption for the photo stated: "Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, smiling as President Harry Truman gives a speech and his aide, General Harry Vaughan (extreme left) looks on, in Washington D.C., November 5, 1951." During this visit, the royal couple stayed with the Trumans at Blair House, as the White House was undergoing expensive renovations. According to White House History, "Princess Elizabeth delighted President Truman and the American people. He remarked that 'Margaret [Truman] tells me that whenever anyone becomes acquainted with you they immediately fall in love.'"
3. The Queen And President Eisenhower
The first U.S. president that Queen Elizabeth met as queen was Dwight D. Eisenhower. This photo was taken during the queen's U.S. visit in 1957. During their trip, the queen and her husband visited New York City, Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Va. The queen's visit marked the 350th anniversary celebrating the founding of England’s first permanent settlement in the New World at Jamestown in 1607. Reportedly, the queen and President Eisenhower developed a friendship. "They corresponded by letter for years — with the queen even sharing her recipe for grilled scones with Eisenhower," according to Business Insider. Eisenhower also visited Britain in 1959.
4. The Queen And President Dwight Eisenhower
The photo was taken at a White House dinner on October 20, 1957 during the royal visit to the United States. The queen gave a speech at the dinner, stating: “There are many indications today that we are at the beginning of a new age of discovery and exploration in the world of human knowledge and technology. Only a short time ago these unexplored areas of human knowledge seemed as impenetrable as the forests of this continent to the settlers 350 years ago.”
5. The Queen And President John F. Kennedy
President Kennedy visited the United Kingdom twice during his term as U.S. president. He visited Buckingham Palace in 1961. And in 1963, he became the first president to visit Ireland. This photo was taken in the drawing room at Buckingham Palace following the queen's dinner party. This was Kennedy's only official meeting with the queen. The queen reportedly felt somewhat upstaged by Jacqueline Kennedy during the meeting. The subsequent trip to Ireland did not include a visit to Buckingham Palace.
6. The Queen And President John F. Kennedy
Here are President Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth, following the queen's dinner in 1961. The dinner was held in June in 1961. Later, in a birthday note to the queen, the president wrote enthusiastically about the evening. "May I also at the same time say how grateful my wife and I are for the cordial hospitality offered to us by your Majesty and Prince Philip during our visit to London last Monday. We shall always cherish the memory of that delightful evening."
7. The Queen And President Lyndon Johnson
The only U.S. President who did not meet Queen Elizabeth II was President Lyndon B. Johnson. Although Prince Philip traveled to the United States to attend the funeral of John F. Kennedy, the queen, who was pregnant with Prince Edward, did not attend. President Johnson reportedly did not travel very much during his presidency. His focus was more on domestic issues, and then on the Vietnam War. Princess Margaret, the queen's sister, did, however, visit the White House and met with the president in 1965.
8. The Queen And President Richard M. Nixon
President Nixon met with Queen Elizabeth numerous times, both as vice president and then as president of the United States. As vice president, Nixon escorted the queen and Prince Philip during their 1957 trip to the United States. The Nixons then visited Britain during his presidency in 1969 and 1970. Business Insider reports that Nixon might have tried to set up his daughter, Tricia, with Prince Charles. Prince Charles and Princess Anne also visited the White House during Nixon's presidency.
9. The Queen And President Richard M. Nixon
Pictured here are Queen Elizabeth II with British Prime Minister Edward Heath, along with President Nixon and his wife, Patricia, at Chequers, Heath's official country residence in 1970. BBC America reports: "The following year, because of the logistics of entertaining the president and his entourage during a brief visit, the queen met the president and his wife at the prime minister’s official country residence, named, coincidentally Chequers (though of course the spelling is different from that of Nixon’s famous politicized dog)."
10. The Queen And President Gerald Ford
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip made their first trip to the United States since 1957 during the Ford administration. The trip took place July 6-11, 1976. President and Mrs. Ford did not travel to Britain during his presidency. Ford only served about three years, assuming the presidency when Richard Nixon resigned. He is the only unelected president to serve in the United States. He was appointed vice president less than a year earlier, following the resignation of former Vice President Spiro Agnew.
11. The Queen And President Gerald Ford
During the queen's 1976 visit to the United States, President Ford hosted a state dinner. First Lady Betty Ford wrote highly of the dinner in her memoirs. "If I hadn't kept mixing up Your Highness and Your Majesty (he's His Highness, she's Her Majesty) I'd give myself four stars for the way that visit went off." President Ford was known for his trips and fall, but he managed to navigate the event without a slip, even dancing with her during the state dinner!
12. The Queen And President Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter, along with First Lady Rosalynn Carter, made a visit to Britain in 1977. The president attended the third G7 Summit. He spent May 5-11 visiting London, Newcastle, and Sunderland. This photo of President Carter with Queen Elizabeth was taken at a dinner for summit leaders at Buckingham Palace. According to BBC America: "He famously kissed the Queen Mother on the lips. “I took a sharp step backwards — not quite far enough,” the Queen Mum commented afterwards.
13. The Queen And President Jimmy Carter
Here is the original caption for this photo taken in 1977: "The queen of England hosts a dinner at Buckingham Palace in honor of the of the seven heads of government who met in London to discuss the international economic crisis. (L-R) Prime Minister of Japan Takeo Fukuda, Prime Minister of England Harold Wilson, French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, Queen Elizabeth II of England, American President Jimmy Carter, President of the Italian Council Giulio Andreotti, and the German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt."
14. The Queen And President Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan had a good relationship with the queen. The two met on four separate occasions. The Reagans made three visits to Britain. The first was in 1982. That same year, the royal couple also made a visit to the United States. During the 1982 visit, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited the West Coast. Their trip included San Diego, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Sierra Madre, Duarte, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Sacramento, Stanford, Palo Alto, Yosemite, Portland, and Seattle. This photo was taken during the royal visit in 1983 at Reagan's property, Rancho Del Cielo, just north of Santa Barbara.
15. The Queen And President Ronald Reagan
This photo shows President Reagan and Nancy Reagan alongside Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle. "The Reagans -- it was a really, really warm friendship," said royal biographer Robert Hardman, according to CBS. "I mean once when the queen was in California with the royal yacht it was the Reagans' wedding anniversary, and she invited them around for a special wedding anniversary dinner and they all ended up around the piano singing. I mean those are very special moments that don't happen with a lot of world leaders."
16. The Queen And President Ronald Reagan
Here is the original caption for this photo: "The queen sharing a joke with President Ronald Reagan during a banquet at Windsor Castle. Ronald Reagan, a particular favorite of the queen, met her on four occasions. The two bonded over their mutual love of horses and famously rode together in 1982 at Windsor Castle. Reagan described that as one of the 'most fun' moments of his presidency."
17. The Queen And President George H. W. Bush
The queen once again visited the United States in 1991, during the Bush administration. This visit included Washington, Arlington, Baltimore, Miami, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. According to White House History, "President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush honored her majesty Queen Elizabeth II and his Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh with an elaborate state arrival ceremony and dinner. They planted a Linden tree together to replace the one that was felled by a storm. The original was planted in 1937 in order to honor the ascension of King George VI, her father to the throne. May 14, 1991."
18. The Queen And President George H. W. Bush
This photo was taken at the dinner to honor the queen on May 14, 1991. President Bush took her to a baseball game during her visit, a first for the queen. Upon Bush's death in 2018, the queen issued this statement: “President Bush was a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom. He was also a patriot, serving his country with honor and distinction in office and during the Second World War. Prince Philip and I remember our days in Texas in 1991 with great fondness. My thoughts and prayers are with President Bush’s family and the American people.”
19. The Queen And President George H. W. Bush
President Bush made three trips to Great Britain during his term in the White House. His trips were made in 1989, 1990, and 1991. This photo was taken while the president and first lady got a tour of Buckingham Palace from the queen herself.
20. The Queen And President Bill Clinton
This photo was taken during the Clintons first trip to the U.K. in 1994. According to BBC America, "For the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of D-Day, the queen and Prince Philip invited Bill and Hillary Clinton to dinner in Portsmouth and an overnight stay on the royal yacht Britannia. It was the first occasion during which the queen had spent any length of time with the president." In his autobiography, Clinton wrote: "Her Majesty impressed me as someone who but for the circumstance of her birth, might have become a successful politician or diplomat. As it was, she had to be both, without quite seeming to be either."
21. The Queen And President Bill Clinton
This photo was taken during the Clintons' 1995 trip to London, Belfast, Derry, and Dublin. This was President Clinton's second visit. During this visit, he "met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister John Major; laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey; addressed a joint session of the British Parliament; and delivered several public addresses in Northern Ireland," according to Wikipedia.
22. The Queen And President Bill Clinton
The entire Clinton family visited the U.K. in 2000. President Clinton made six trips to Britain during his presidency. Even his daughter, Chelsea, got to meet the queen during his last visit in December 2000.
23. The Queen And President George W. Bush
This photo was taken on July 19, 2001 during President George W. Bush's first visit to London. Time reports: "George W. Bush first met the queen over lunch at Buckingham Palace during a six-day European tour in 2001 and in 2003 became the first U.S. president to make an official state visit to the U.K. It was the queen’s most controversial meeting with an American president — until Trump. To coincide with Bush’s visit in November, around 100,000 people took to the streets to protest the Iraq War, reportedly costing the U.K. millions in security spending during the three-day visit. The demonstration culminated with protesters toppling an effigy of Bush, recalling scenes of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad six months earlier. George and Laura Bush were treated to a 41-gun salute and later attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace."
24. The Queen And President George W. Bush
Here is the original caption for this photo: "LONDON - NOVEMBER 19: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) HRH Queen Elizabeth II (2nd from L), U.S. President George W. Bush (L), First Lady Laura Bush and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh pose in the music room at Buckingham Palace on November 19, 2003 in London. The Queen was hosting a State Banquet at the Palace for the President and his wife, on the first official day of his 3-day visit to Britain." According to BBC America, "George W. Bush’s most famous moment with Queen Elizabeth is probably his Bicentennial gaffe during her 2007 royal visit to the White House (photo above) but the most historically important time he spent with the Queen might be the visit that he and First Lady Laura Bush made to Buckingham Palace as overnight guests in 2003.“The only other American leader to be entertained on the same scale at Buckingham Palace over several days was Woodrow Wilson in December 1918,” writes Sally Bedell Smith – a comparison that Bush himself pointed out at the time."
25. The Queen And President Barrack Obama
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama made five trips to Britain during his term in the White House. Here, they are seen posing for photographs with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during an audience at Buckingham Palace on April 1, 2009. This was the first of his visits to Britain.
26. The Queen And President Barrack Obama
This photo was taken during President Obama's 2011 visit to the U.K. Time reports: "Barack and Michelle Obama met Elizabeth and Philip on a state visit in 2011. The Obamas presented her with a set of memorabilia and photographs from her parents’ trip to the U.S. in 1939. In return, she gave them a collection of letters exchanged between previous monarchs and U.S. presidents. Looking at the letters relating to the American Revolution, Obama joked, “That was only a temporary blip in the relationship.” The Obamas met the Queen twice more and on her 90th birthday the president said, “She is truly one of my favorite people.”"
27. The Queen And President Barrack Obama
Here is the original caption for this photo: "LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle Obama and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pose in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace ahead of a State Banquet on May 24, 2011 in London, England. The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle are in the UK for a two day State Visit at the invitation of HM Queen Elizabeth II. During the trip they will attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace and the President will address both houses of parliament at Westminster Hall."
28. The Queen And President Donald Trump
Here is the original caption for this photo: "LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump view American items in the Royal collection at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. "
29. The Queen And President Donald Trump
This photo was taken at the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace during the President's visit to Great Britain. President Trump visited Britain in 2018 as well. According to Time, "President Trump first met the Queen on an official visit in 2018, when they had tea at Windsor Castle. He largely avoided London, where tens of thousands of protesters turned out to criticize his rhetoric and policy on issues including migration, gender and LGBTQ rights."
30. The Queen And President Donald Trump
Here is how CNN reported the 2019 state visit between President Trump and the Queen: "I have such a great relationship, and we were laughing and having fun. And her people said she hasn't had so much fun in 25 years. Then I got criticized for it because they said we were having too much fun," Trump told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" during a phone interview Friday. Trump reveled in visit with Queen, history and his family The 93-year-old monarch hosted the US President and first lady Melania Trump for an official State Visit filled with pomp and circumstance last week, including dinner at Buckingham Palace."