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April 25, 2007

Virginia's Historic Triangle prepares for visit of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip

Virginia’s Historic Triangle is preparing to welcome Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, on their trip to the Commonwealth May 3-4. Her visit will commemorate America’s 400th Anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. The royal couple visited Williamsburg Oct. 16-17, 1957, to attend the 350th Anniversary of Jamestown.

“We are delighted with the news of the royal visit to the Historic Triangle for the 400th Anniversary commemoration of Jamestown. We are planning an impressive schedule of activities that will take Her Majesty and His Royal Highness to sites at the very heart of our history as a nation,” said Colonial Williamsburg President Colin G. Campbell. “It is our distinct privilege and high honor that Virginia’s 18th-century colonial capital will once again play host to the royal party, as we did 50 years ago.”

On Wednesday, May 3, the Queen and the Duke will be hosted by Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine and First Lady Anne Holton in Richmond, Va. The royal couple will enjoy a tour of the Governor’s Mansion and the Capitol. Her Majesty will address a joint session of the General Assembly and talk about the significance of the 400th Anniversary and Britain’s relationship with Virginia.

Later in the day, the royal party will arrive in Williamsburg and will have the opportunity to view Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area by carriage.

On Friday, May 4, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will visit Historic Jamestowne and tour the significant archaeological discoveries that have transformed the sight since their earlier visit in 1957. The visit will include an excursion to Jamestown Settlement to see the interpretation of 17th-century Virginia life.

Colonial Williamsburg and Gov. Kaine will co-host a luncheon in Queen Elizabeth’s honor at the Governor’s Palace. Following the luncheon, Her Majesty will go to the College of William and Mary to review highlights of the college’s achievements and higher education in Virginia, including the links between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of
our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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