As Britain mourned, America’s “special relationship” with its one-time colonial master completed another cycle in its long life.
US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in Britain on Saturday, visiting the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lay in state at the quaint Westminster Hall the next day. They then attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by King Charles III and the Queen.
Paying homage to the Queen early last week, Biden told King Charles III that his mother helped strengthen their nation’s ties, “her dignity and her steadfastness deepened. adding to the enduring friendship and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.”
Perhaps it was no surprise that she did; Her reign was born in the infancy of the “special relationship”.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s steadfast transatlantic diplomacy during the war helped win American support for Britain during World War II.
In his famous “special relationship” speech in Missouri on March 5, 1946, six years before Princess Elizabeth became Queen, Churchill proposed a creed for the nations: “This is the message of the British and the Americans to humanity. Let us preach what we practice – let us practice what we preach. ”
The Queen will carry out Churchill’s words in the letter, and significantly he will be her first and official prime minister. Then she would see in 14 other people, though none had such a fearsome reputation as his.
In 1946, Churchill is credited with laying the groundwork for decades of close cooperation, from fighting Nazi war criminals, to global peacekeeping missions, to standing with the United States in the wake of the attack. 9/11 of al Qaeda.
The relationship worked both ways; President Bill Clinton helped the Queen’s government establish peace in Northern Ireland in 1998, a peace Queen Elizabeth worked tirelessly to strengthen.
In a phone call last week, President Biden “expressed his desire to continue a close relationship with the King.”