The Queen has said she is proud to be British and that she was “very proud” to be at the official opening of the Diamond Jubilee in 2019.
She was also joined by other UK royals and former heads of state as the Queen made her first public appearance since becoming Queen in January, welcoming the country’s new ambassador to the UK, Peter Sutherland.
The Queen’s visit to London marks the start of a new era for the UK in its relationship with the United States, as the two nations forge a new partnership on the world stage.
“I am delighted to be here in London today,” the Queen said, before speaking to the crowd.
“It’s an opportunity to renew our relationship with you, to show you that the future belongs to you, that you can do anything, that your dreams are possible.”
‘We love Britain’ The Queen was joined by a number of former UK leaders and dignitaries, including her father and predecessor, Prince Philip, who is also the President of the United Kingdom.
The Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke of Cambridge, as well as the Duchess, Duchess of York and Prince Harry were also in attendance.
They met the Queen at the White House and the two exchanged warm words.
The Duchess of Cambridge told the Queen that she is “very grateful” to the British people for supporting her in her political career.
“We love the country we live in,” she said.
“The Queen is a British icon, a great Queen.
She is a good and decent woman, who has been the subject of much controversy in the United Kingdon for her handling of her own marriage and the death of her husband, Prince Harry.”
“I’m very grateful to the people of the U.K. for their support and we’re so proud of our relationship, we love them very much,” she added.
“You’ve seen the work she’s done here.
I want to thank the people here for being so supportive and I want you to join us in the same spirit.”
The Queen also met the President and Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, Enda Kenny, who was accompanied by the Queen’s daughter, Princess Charlotte.
The couple have been in the UK since June 2016, when they attended a state dinner at Buckingham Palace for the Queen.
“Today marks an important milestone in the relationship between our two countries and in our shared history,” the President said.
The United Kingdom’s relationship with Canada is complicated as Canada is a close ally of the US and there is mutual concern over Brexit and US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
But there is also a long history of cooperation.
The UK, which was a founding member of the European Union, was one of the countries that helped to organise the London 2012 Olympic Games and a number have held meetings at Buckingham Hall.
“There is an incredible sense of pride and a great sense of responsibility to be able to see a country that was once part of Europe come together and show their international standing,” the Prime Minister said.
Trump has also been critical of Britain’s relationship.
“Britain is no longer part of the EU, but is part of a large, powerful, and growing group of countries that are now competing with the US to take back control of their own destiny,” he said in March.
“For the last six months, I have been deeply disturbed by the fact that we have lost our ability to shape our own future.”
The US President also called for a “special relationship” with the UK.
“What I really hope we do is that we will be able … to continue the strong relationship between the United Nations and the United State,” Trump said in an interview with the BBC last month.
“And it will not only be a special relationship with a lot of benefits, but it will also be an effective relationship.”