The Queen and the U.S.A. is hot off the press! The book is stunning, the design is exceptional and the images spectacular.

Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 60th Anniversary of her role as Queen of England during 2012. The book offers America’s pictorial tribute to her, and honors her contribution to recognizing the values that have bound the USA and the UK. The Queen and the U.S.A. is written by The Lord Watson of Richmond, CBE and H. Edward Mann, with a Foreword by Sandra Day O’Connor.
9″ x 12″ hardback, 128 pages.


The book team (l-r) Ellen LeCompte, author Chip Mann, author Lord Alan Watson and publisher Wayne Dementi

It’s official. The Queen and the U.S.A. has officially launched. UK celebrations kicked off with co-authors Lord Alan Watson, Chip Mann and publisher Wayne Dementi as featured speakers at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on King Charles Street in London.

With a performance by Queen favorite Laura Wright, the event was a festive affair and a fitting venue for the launch of such a special book. (Click here to learn how Laura was asked to sing a special Diamond Jubilee song for the Queen at Westminster Abbey. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2114013/Laura-Wright-goes-waiting-tables-singing-special-Jubilee-song-Queen-Westminster-Abbey.html)

Laura Wright performs at the book launch for The Queen and the USA.

Michelle Kosinski, a foreign correspondent for NBC News, attended the event. In recent weeks, she interviewed Lord Alan Watson for a special Diamond Jubilee segment on the Today show. Airing date TBA.

NBC News Foreign Correspondent Michelle Kosinski and publisher Wayne Dementi at the book launch

The United States book launch is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.










The United States book launch is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia.

2012 is the year in which the world celebrates the 60 years Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne of Great Britain. The affection and friendship which Her Majesty has for the United States is evinced by her many trips over the years “across the pond” whether on affairs of state, or on those occasions when she sought to gain insights related to horse racing, her favorite personal passion.

Americans enthusiastically return this admiration, demonstrated by the parades and throngs of well-wishers that greet her, by the high degree of respect given her as Queen, and by the sense of appreciation for her celebration of the shared values- democracy, rule of law, free enterprise, diversity, language and culture- that the two countries hold dear.

Looking to the future, Her Majesty no doubt takes great pleasure in knowing that the ‘special relationship’ she has so carefully stewarded is founded on important values that continue to spread across the globe. During 1976, on  her visit to the U.S. to celebrate the bicentennial of American Independence, there were only 45 democracies on earth. In 2012, there are over 120- and more people live in freedom than ever before.

One day her responsibilities will be entrusted to a younger generation, yet she can rest assured that she has strengthened the unique heritage that forever link Great Britain and the United States of America.

09 July 2011 - Los Angeles, CA - Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, arrive to the 'BAFTA Brits to Watch' gala in Los Angeles, California. Photo Credit: Krista Kennell/ Sipa via AP Images)

The road to the Epsom Derby (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)


The Diamond Jubilee celebration will revolve around a special four-day weekend beginning June 2 with the Epsom Derby and ending June 5 with a “Service of Thanksgiving” at St. Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage procession by the queen.

But to mark the beginning of the celebration, the queen will host the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle May 10-13.

The three-day event will showcase horses and cultures from across the globe to honor the queen’s passion for horses. More than 500 horses and 800 performers from 17 countries are expected to attend. The queen will attend Sunday’s show, according to a statement from the queen’s office.

Brandi Phillips, a trick roper and rider with Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls, says it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to portray real American cowboys.

“The history of the American cowboy is so unique,” said Phillips. “We get to represent America and show the grass roots of what we know as the cowboy. It’s an honor.”

Other performances include the Royal Mounted Police from Canada, Kremlin Mounted Cossacks from Great Britain, New South Wales Mounted Police, aborigines from Australia, Marwari horses from India, Bedouin on Grey Arab from the Middle East and Zulu warriors from South Africa, just to name a few.

Thanks to Eric Woomer for the cowgirl photo and information above.  http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012203100316

Queen Elizabeth has been a lifelong horse enthusiast.

The Queen and her grandchildren out for a ride in 2011.

A new exhibition of the crown jewels will be unveiled later this month to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The crown jewels have always provided a spectacle, attracting an audience of around 2.5 million people each year.

This exhibition will feature newly restored film footage of the Queen’s coronation and will present the jewels in improved lighting. The display consists of a large variety of crowns, sceptres, orbs, swords, and rings and will be displayed in the order that they were used in the coronation ceremony.

The exhibition will take the coronation ceremony as its central theme, and will examine how the regalia is used during the ceremony, exploring the symbolism of each object.


Pinning the Queen

The Queen takes in the New York City skyline from the top of the Empire States Building in 1957.

Historypin is launching a global interactive archive of The Queen’s visits and her Jubilee celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Her Majesty visits a large number of places around the UK every year. Throughout her reign, The Queen has also traveled overseas more than any other Sovereign in history. In 60 years, Her Majesty has made an impressive 261 official overseas visits to 116 different countries.

The Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee in 2002, and celebrations were held for both around the world.

State Visit to the USA, 1957

In 1957 Elizabeth II visited the USA for the first time since becoming Queen. The focus of her state visit was the first permanent English settlement in America, Jamestown, Virginia which was celebrating its 350th anniversary. During the visit, the Queen and Prince Phillip also visited Washington DC where she met President Eisenhower and New York City where she spoke at the UN. For the gallery, please visit the following link:


The Queen and the U.S.A. celebrates 60 years of the Queen’s monarchy. There are several pictorial chapters (including her 1957 visit to the U.S.)

Reposted from http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/google-and-historypin-launch-online.html

This year marks the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, celebrating Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne. To commemorate this special occasion, we’re teaming up with Historypin to launch an interactive online gallery filled with memories of her time as Queen.


The Pinning The Queen’s History project will be made up of photographic images, videos and audio clips pinned directly onto a Google Map on the dedicated Historypin site. This will let you see historical images in modern context within Google Maps.

Throughout her six decades on the throne, The Queen has undertaken hundreds of visits around the United Kingdom and 261 official overseas visits to 116 different countries. Historypin is inviting people from around the world to submit photos, videos and other memories of The Queen during these visits.

Using Google Maps and Street View, the Historypin platform enables you to pinpoint the exact location of where the imagery was captured. They’ll be overlaid onto Street View, so you can compare glimpses of the Queen’s 60-year reign with how they look today.

Submit your memories of The Queen at www.historypin.com/DiamondJubilee/.

Reposted from http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/google-and-historypin-launch-online.html


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