From the Archives: Notable British Visitors to the White House Since World War II

This morning, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha Cameron, to the White House with a formal arrival ceremony at 9 am ET (watch it here) and a State Dinner to follow this evening. Visits from U.K. leaders are always a special occasion, and an opportunity to highlight the special relationship between our countries and the depth of the friendship between the American people and the people of the United Kingdom. This particular visit is also a testament to the strong personal bond that has developed between the Obamas and the Camerons.

To mark the occasion, and to celebrate our long-standing partnership, the White House Historical Association has gone through their archives and put together a fascinating look back at some of the other special visits British leaders have made to the White House since the end of WW2.

  • British Visit 1943

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1943. (Photo Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

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  • British Visit 1951

    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness the Prince Philip and the Trumans in 1951. (Photo Credit: Harry S. Truman Presidential Library)

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  • British Visit 1957

    In 1957, the Eisenhowers greet Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. (Photo Credit: White House Historical Association)

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  • British Visit 1957.2

    The Eisenhowers, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip pose in 1957. (Photo Credit: Abbie Rowe, NPS)

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  • British Visit 1961

    President Kennedy and Prime Minister Harold McMillan in the Rose Garden in 1961. (Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration)

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  • British Visit 1965

    The Johnsons with Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstong-Jones in 1965. (Photo Credit: White House Historical Association)

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  • British Visit 1967

    The Johnsons walk through White House cross hall with Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1967. (Photo Credit: White House Historical Association)

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  • British Visit 1970

    Prince Charles and Princess Anne with Tricia Nixon and the Eisenhowers in 1970. (Photo Credit: Nixon Presidential Materials Project, NARA)

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  • British Visit 1976

    President Ford acknowledges the toast of Queen Elizabeth II during a state dinner in 1976. (Photo Credit: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library)

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  • British Visit 1979

    The Carters walk with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher out of the Yellow Oval Room in 1979. (Photo Credit: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library)

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  • President and First Lady Reagan Host Prince Charles and Princess Diana

    President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan chat with Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1985.(Photo Credit: Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Library)

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  • Princess Diana dances with John Travolta

    John Travolta dances with Princess Diana to music from Saturday Night Fever in 1985. (Photo Credit: Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Library)

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  • President H.W. Bush and First Lady Bush Welcome Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

    President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush welcome Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1991. (Photo Credit: George H.W. Bush Presidential Library)

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  • First Lady Hillary Clinton and Princess Diana in the Map Room

    First Lady Hillary Clinton and Princess Diana chat in the Map Room, June 18, 1997. (Photo Credit: William J. Clinton Presidential Library)

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  • President and First Lady Clinton with Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie Blair

    The Clintons pose with Prime Minister Tony Blair and Cherie Blair in 1998. (Photo Credit: William J. Clinton Presidential Library)

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  • President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush Welcome Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

    President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush welcome Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in May 2007. (Photo Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library)

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  • President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush Welcome Prime Minister Tony Blair

    President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush welcome British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2007. (Photo Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library)

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