Our tour of the Queen’s colorful evening gowns lands in 1976 today, when she and the Duke of Edinburgh made an important royal visit to the White House in Washington, D.C.
The Queen’s visit was timed to coincide with the celebration of America’s bicentennial. On July 7, 1976, the Queen and Prince Philip were feted with a state dinner at the White House. President and Mrs. Ford were their hosts for the event, which was held under a tent in the Rose Garden. The Queen wore a bright yellow chiffon gown for the evening. The dress featured fluttery sleeves and sparkling embroidery. The sash and star of the Order of the Garter, plus the Royal Family Orders of her father and grandfather, were also pinned to the dress.
The evening’s entertainment, held inside the White House, was emceed by none other than Bob Hope.
The Queen’s bright gown and sparkling jewels helped her stand out amid a sea of high-profile guests. Here, she and Mrs. Ford greet the famous baseball player Willie Mays.
And here, the Queen chats with another important historical figure: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt.