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June 5, 2012

New Book Examines Special Relationship between Her Majesty, United States

Queen Elizabeth II’s special relationship with the United States and the democratic values that bind the two countries are examined in “The Queen and the U.S.A.,” a new book that pays tribute to Her Majesty through historical photos and essays as all of England prepares to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee on the throne. Co-author H. Edward Mann offers an illustrated presentation of his book at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 11 in the Hennage Auditorium of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg.

The book, co-authored by The Lord Watson of Richmond, England, CBE, features a foreword by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a series of essays on the values that underlie the political institutions of the United Kingdom and United States, and pictorial essays that help tell the story of the Queen’s visits to America over more than 50 years, including visits with 12 U.S. Presidents.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has enhanced and reconfirmed the underlying democratic values that are shared by Great Britain and the United States,” said Mann. “We hope the essays and photos we’ve compiled serve as a reminder to citizens around the world of the Queen’s efforts to highlight and facilitate democracy around the world.”

In 1957 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by her husband Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, traveled to the Historic Triangle for a special visit to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown to commemorate Historic Jamestowne’s 350th anniversary of its 1607 founding. Five decades later, Her Majesty returned to the region to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown’s establishment as the first permanent English colony in the New World. The many detailed photographs of these two special visits are beautifully featured in the book.

Mann served as executive director of the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission. He is an independent public affairs consultant and served as director of operations for the inauguration of Robert McDonnell as the 71st governor of Virginia.

A book signing follows the program in the Museum Store.

This program is free and open to the public. It is presented by Historic Jamestowne and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to support the dedicated efforts of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. This collaboration for Historic Jamestowne between Preservation Virginia and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation highlights the connected histories of Jamestown and Williamsburg through compelling stories of discovery, diversity and democracy.

For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or (757) 220-7724.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
Guests to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology in action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. Guests can also enjoy lunch or a snack by the James River at the Dale House Café.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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