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Thursday, November 16, 2006
Queen to celebrate 400th anniversary of Jamestown

The only item of interest from the Queen's Speech (her 55th) to the opening of Parliament yesterday, aside from the fact that it was another farewell to Tony moment, was this jewel of an announcement:

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, will visit Jamestown in May to celebrate the historic settlement's 400th anniversary.

The queen announced the visit in a speech today launching a new session of the British Parliament.

At about the same time, President Bush released a statement welcoming the royal couple "for a state visit to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown Settlement.

"The United States and the United Kingdom enjoy an extraordinary friendship that is sustained by deep historical and cultural ties and a commitment to defend freedom around the world," Bush said.

Virginia officials coordinating the ongoing Jamestown commemoration have scheduled an America's Anniversary Weekend event on and near Jamestown May 11, 12, and 13. It will mark four centuries since Jamestown's founding as the first permanent English settlement in America.

Jamestown, the first English settlement of North America, was established in the name of His Majesty the King, James I of England.

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