In January 1960, a letter arrived at the White House in Washington.
There was a recipe for drop scones addressed to the president.
It read, “Dear President.” “I saw a picture of you standing in front of a barbecue grilling quail in today’s newspaper and remembered that I never sent you the recipe for the drop scones we served at Balmoral.
“Now hurry up and do it. I wish you success.”
It was a letter from queen to President Dwight Eisenhower. She had kept her cooking promise to him a year earlier.
The handwritten informal letter is a hint of an intimate relationship, perhaps a nod to what will become an enduring ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the United States.
As Queen, Elizabeth has met all but one American president since Eisenhower, but it was with him that she had the closest relationship.
She was a wartime princess, and Eisenhower was a wartime general, the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe who oversaw Operation Torch in North Africa and Operation Overlord (D-Day) in northern France.
They met in London and Balmoral during and after the war and formed a bond.
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Susan Eisenhower, the president’s granddaughter, told me, “World War II was one of those conflicts that really brought people together, so it’s very moving.
“You’re talking about the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces and the royal family. Here’s where a special relationship really begins.”
Investigating this story made me enjoy the video archive. The Queen’s first official visit to the United States in 1957 was an amazing sight.
A black-and-white film shows her approaching New York City on a boat. Manhattan’s skyscraper skyline, which is still breathtaking today, must have been very special back then.
A ticker-tape parade through the streets of Manhattan shows the incredible enthusiasm this country has for the British royal family.
“The way my grandparents chose to celebrate her first visit to the United States as Queen really underscored the closeness of this friendship,” Eisenhower said.
More footage shows the Queen and Prince Philip with President Eisenhower and First Lady. The bond is clear.
The First Lady insisted that the royal couple stay in the White House itself.
“My grandparents insisted that she be treated like a guest in the family, and she stayed in a room often used by out-of-town house guests,” recalls Eisenhower.
“But my grandmother soon called it the Queen’s Bedroom and placed it in a special category where only the most important guests of the President and First Lady could stay.”
A special, often-cited relationship has grown from here and through so many presidencies.
It was the Queen, not the politicians, who underpinned the transatlantic friendship. Politicians came and went. she was constant.
It was fascinating to observe how America marked her death last week.
“I miss this woman,” Eisenhower said. “It’s very interesting. I know all Americans feel that way, but she’s been a really kind queen to all of us. It was a true North Star for us.”
More than 200 years after the United States declared its independence from the British royal family, Americans still maintain a unique connection to Britain and its royal family.
The cable news network was wall to wall with its coverage. Almost every show on every network sent an anchor to London.
No significant critical analysis was given to the comment (which is not so obvious in the UK) – “Mourning the Queen, not her empire” was the New York Times headline on the day of her death.
By and large, though, the most vocal reflections were affectionate, suggesting that many in this country adored her and found the institution she represented a cute curiosity.
After all, this is the country that invented Disney princesses and created Downton Abbey and The Crown. Passing a real deal will always have a big impact on this side of the pond.
But more seriously, I feel envy among Americans. Over the decades, they’ve observed a queen who offers unity, a non-political central figure in the kind of society they don’t have.
What should I do then? How do special relationships develop?
So what’s the scone’s secret?
In his retrospective, President Biden referred to the Queen’s “immutability.” She fixed her relationship.
President Bill Clinton once said that the Queen has the qualities of a politician and a diplomat, but her skills resemble neither.
king charles There is no Queen’s affinity for America, and Prime Minister Liz Truss does not (yet) recognize a special relationship in the way she did before.
As for cooking tips, will more recipes be shared between the royal family and the president? But for posterity’s sake, the Queen’s drop scone is a pointer to the president.
“I usually use less flour and milk, but use the other ingredients as listed,” wrote the Queen.
“I’ve tried using golden syrup or molasses instead of just sugar, and I think that’s pretty good too. The mixture needs to be whipped quite a bit when making, and shouldn’t be left too long before cooking.” think.”
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