June 8, 1939 – The King and Queen of England Become The First Reigning British Monarchs Ever to Set Foot on American Soil

On this day in history, England’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived in Washington, D.C. for a five-day visit to the U.S. The invitation by President Franklin Roosevelt was said to signify the dawn of a new era in American and British cooperation.

According to the FDR Library website:

FDR planned every minute detail of the visit to ensure the King’s success in winning over the sympathy and support of the American people. Indeed, his efforts paid off; King George VI’s visit to the United States became a key component in developing a stronger political and social alliance between the U.S. and Great Britain.”

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, King George VI, Mrs. Sara Roosevelt (the mother of the FDR), Queen Elizabeth, and FDR during a visit to Hyde Park, NY, June 10, 1939

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, King George VI, Mrs. Sara Roosevelt (the mother of the FDR), Queen Elizabeth, and FDR during a visit to Hyde Park, NY, June 10, 1939

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