In January 1960, a letter arrived at the White House in Washington.
It’s for the president, and it contains a recipe for cupcakes.
“Mr. President,” he read. “Seeing the photo of you in the paper today standing in front of the quail oven reminds me that I never sent you the cupcake recipe I gave you at Balmoral.
“Now, I quickly do so, and I hope you will see them succeed.”
It was a letter from Queen for President Dwight Eisenhower. She was honoring a culinary promise she had made to him a year earlier.
The intimate, handwritten letter was a hint of a close relationship and perhaps a nod to what would become a lasting “special relationship” between Britain and the US.
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As Queen, Elizabeth has met all but one of America’s presidents since Eisenhower, but he is the one with whom she has the closest relationship.
She was a war princess and Eisenhower was a wartime general, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, who oversaw Operation Torch in North Africa and Operation Overlord (D-Day) in northern France.
They met and formed a relationship during the war and later, in London and in Balmoral.
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“It was very emotional because World War II was one of those conflicts that really bound people together,” the president’s granddaughter Susan Eisenhower told me.
“You’re talking about the Supreme Allied Commander, and the Royal Family, who have really played an extraordinary role in inspiring the UK and the world in this really, really dangerous time,” she said. speak. “This is where the special relationship begins in earnest.”
Studying this story allows you to indulge in the video archive. The Queen’s first state visit to the US in 1957 was a sight to behold.
Black and white footage shows her approaching New York City by boat. The skyscraper skyline in Manhattan, still breathtaking to this day, must have been something quite extraordinary for its day.
The parade across the boulevards of Manhattan shows the remarkable enthusiasm the nation has for the British Royal Family.
“The way my grandparents chose to mark her first visit to the United States as Queen, really underscores the closeness of this friendship,” Ms. Eisenhower told me.
More footage shows the Queen and Prince Phillip with President Eisenhower and the First Lady. They seem comfortable; The bond is obvious.
The first lady insisted the royal couple stay in the White House. Foreign dignitaries often stayed in the nearby Blair House.
‘The Queen’s Bedroom’
Ms. Eisenhower recalls: “My grandparents insisted that she be treated like a guest of the family, and that she stayed in a room commonly used by out-of-town guests.
“But my grandmother was quick to call it the Queen’s Bedroom and put it in a special category, really, where only the most important guests of the president and first lady allow anyone move in.”
The special relationship, which is often mentioned, has developed from here and through many presidential terms.
It was the Queen, not the politicians, who anchored the transatlantic friendship. Politicians come and go. She is a constant.
Watching how America marked her death over the past week was fascinating.
“I’m going to miss this woman so much. It’s so exciting. I know all Americans feel the same way, but she really was a queen to all of us and a true North Star. for us,” Ms. Eisenhower said.
More than 200 years since the United States declared its independence from the British crown, Americans still have a special attachment to Britain and its Royal Family.
Covering from wall to wall
Cable news networks are well known for their coverage; anchor is sent to London for almost every show on every network.
The commentary is indispensable for critical critical analysis (not so obvious in the UK) – “Mourning the Queen, Not Her Empire” was the headline of the New York Times on the day of her death.
But overall, the strongest reflections have been sentimental and show that many people in this country love the woman she is and find a lovely curiosity about the institution she represents. face.
After all, this is the country that invented the Disney princess and honors Downton Abbey and The Crown. Passing the real deal always has a huge impact on this side of the pond.
More seriously, however, I feel Americans are jealous. For decades, they have observed a Queen who provides unity, an apolitical focal figure in society that they do not have.
So what now? How will the special relationship develop?
So, what’s the secret of the pies?
In his reflections, President Biden commented on the Queen’s “stability”. She anchored the relationship.
President Bill Clinton once remarked that the Queen has the qualities of a politician and a diplomat, but this skill seems to have never existed. Can the same be said for King Charles?
King Charles The Queen has no ties to America, and Prime Minister Liz Truss has not (yet) realized the special relationship in the way that those before her have.
As for cooking tips, will more recipes be shared among royals and presidents? We shall see. But here, for posterity, are the falling points of the Queen pointing to a president.
“I usually put in less flour and milk, but use other ingredients as stated,” the queen wrote.
“I’ve also tried using golden syrup or rock sugar instead of just sugar, and I think that’s fine too. I think the mixture needs to be beaten while making and shouldn’t be left too long before cooking. “