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A Royal menu

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(Read caption) Queen Elizabeth II arrving at Albert Pier in Jersey, England, on her royal visit to the Channel Islands with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on July 30, 1957. In October, the couple made the Queen's first state visit to the United States, stopping in New York City where they enjoyed a meal at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

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Queen Elizabeth II's first state visit to the United States took place in October 1957. After a few days in Canada, she and Prince Philip met with President Eisenhower in Washington, D.C., watched a football game in Maryland (with a brief detour to a grocery store), and then wrapped up their trip in New York City, where the royal couple stayed for a mere fifteen hours: "A teaser" remarked the Queen. (Indeed!)

The dinner given to the Queen and Prince on their final night took place – as lunch also did – at the Waldorf-Astoria. The menus from both meals are included in the Library's holdings. The dinner menu is especially intriguing, but not because the food offerings are unusual ("American simplicity" is what the New York Times called it), but because of the memo found inside.


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