Remarks by the First Lady Laura Bush in a Media Preview for the State Dinner in Honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

07 May, 2007, 01:00 ET from White House Press Office

    WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
 transcript of remarks by First Lady Laura Bush in a media preview for the
 state dinner in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain
 and His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh:
     State Dining Room
     2:25 P.M.
     MRS. BUSH: Hello, everyone. We're so happy tonight to have the
 opportunity to entertain Her Majesty and His Highness, His Royal Highness,
 Prince Philip, for a white tie dinner. They hosted us at Buckingham Palace
 in 2003 for a white tie dinner, and we're really thrilled to have the
 opportunity to host them.
     We came to the State Dinner for Queen Elizabeth back in '93 (1) when
 President Bush was President, and so we know what this dinner will be like,
 and we've been really looking forward to it for that reason.
     We just had a luncheon. It was just a family, relaxing luncheon. We had
 our two ambassadors -- Ambassador Tuttle, the U.S. ambassador to England,
 and Sir David Manning, the ambassador to Washington from Great Britain. And
 then we had George's sister Dorothy and her son Sam, and George's brother
 Marvin and his wife Margaret, who both live in the area. And so we had a
 very fun and relaxing lunch. And I will say, Cris, the food was superb. It
 was really great. And I know you saw when it went back that everyone ate
 everything. (Laughter.)
     And Bill did a beautiful dessert that was a big flower sort of
 arrangement of spun sugar in the middle on sort of an egg, and then little
 watering cans of chocolate sorbet. And so it was a beautiful garden theme
 for that dessert.
     Let's see. Tonight's entertainment is Itzhak Perlman. I think you all
 have already seen that in the release, which I think will be great. And
 George and I are very, very proud to have him as our entertainment for Her
 Majesty. We'll also have the Strolling Strings, as usual, that will come in
 during dessert. And then the Army Chorus will sing to close the evening.
     So I think we'll have a really great time there. I think you've all
 seen the guest list, and in a minute I think they'll bring you over so you
 can see who's sitting at the President's table and who's sitting at my
 table. Our special surprise guest -- and we had saved two places to be able
 to ask someone from the Kentucky Derby, and so we have the jockey, Calvin
 Borel. So we're very thrilled to have him tonight and his girlfriend for
 the dinner, as well.
     Let's see, you can see how beautiful the flowers are, and right here is
 the whole team that put all of this together -- Amy Zantzinger, who is our
 new social secretary, and she has initiation by fire, starting with the
 most elegant and most formal State Dinner that we'll host. And she's done a
 terrific job. Also, this is Admiral Steve Rochon. He's our new chief usher.
 And once again, this is his first State Dinner, and it's such a very, very
 important State Dinner. And he's done a terrific job. I hope you all will
 have a chance to get to know him.
     Bill Yosses is our dessert chef, and he also -- well, you were here a
 year, you've been -- is it a year? No, just six months. And he's done a
 terrific job. And Nancy, our florist, Nancy Clarke that you all know.
 You've met her at all the Christmas previews and all the other previews.
 She's been here for many years, and once again, you can see her
 arrangements are just magnificent, and they're just so perfect and elegant,
 I think, for Her Majesty. And Cris Comerford, who is our executive chef. I
 know you all know Cris. And she's been here for a while, but fairly new as
 the chief chef, as the executive chef. And she's been fixing really, really
 wonderful food. And today's lunch was certainly that way, and I know
 tonight's dinner will be delicious, too. I don't know if you all have seen
 the menu cards. Have they -- do you know if they -- have you seen those? So
 you've seen what we're serving tonight.
     So I think it will be a really beautiful dinner, and I want you all to
 be able to ask them anything you want to know about what all of them have
 done. I will tell you that we did have to talk the President into white
 tie. (Laughter.) He was not that -- Dr. Rice and I took it upon ourselves
 to talk him into it, because we thought if we were ever going to have a
 white tie event, this would be the one. And so he was glad to wear white
 tie. But I don't know about the rest of our guests, especially the ones
 from Texas. They're probably having to go out and rent theirs this
 afternoon. (Laughter.)
     But anyway, it's going to be a very fun and festive evening, and we're
 so happy to have this opportunity. It's really a huge privilege to have the
 opportunity to entertain Her Majesty, and to underscore how important our
 relationship is and has been through our whole history with Great Britain,
 and what a staunch ally Great Britain is of ours and how much we appreciate
 it.
     So I guess that's it, unless Sally thinks of something else I didn't
 tell. So I'll let you all take over with all the people who actually did
 all the work and put all this together. And doesn't it look so pretty?
     Thanks everybody. Thank you all.
 
     END    2:32 P.M. EDT
 
     (1) The State Dinner was held in 1991.
 
 

SOURCE White House Press Office
    WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
 transcript of remarks by First Lady Laura Bush in a media preview for the
 state dinner in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain
 and His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh:
     State Dining Room
     2:25 P.M.
     MRS. BUSH: Hello, everyone. We're so happy tonight to have the
 opportunity to entertain Her Majesty and His Highness, His Royal Highness,
 Prince Philip, for a white tie dinner. They hosted us at Buckingham Palace
 in 2003 for a white tie dinner, and we're really thrilled to have the
 opportunity to host them.
     We came to the State Dinner for Queen Elizabeth back in '93 (1) when
 President Bush was President, and so we know what this dinner will be like,
 and we've been really looking forward to it for that reason.
     We just had a luncheon. It was just a family, relaxing luncheon. We had
 our two ambassadors -- Ambassador Tuttle, the U.S. ambassador to England,
 and Sir David Manning, the ambassador to Washington from Great Britain. And
 then we had George's sister Dorothy and her son Sam, and George's brother
 Marvin and his wife Margaret, who both live in the area. And so we had a
 very fun and relaxing lunch. And I will say, Cris, the food was superb. It
 was really great. And I know you saw when it went back that everyone ate
 everything. (Laughter.)
     And Bill did a beautiful dessert that was a big flower sort of
 arrangement of spun sugar in the middle on sort of an egg, and then little
 watering cans of chocolate sorbet. And so it was a beautiful garden theme
 for that dessert.
     Let's see. Tonight's entertainment is Itzhak Perlman. I think you all
 have already seen that in the release, which I think will be great. And
 George and I are very, very proud to have him as our entertainment for Her
 Majesty. We'll also have the Strolling Strings, as usual, that will come in
 during dessert. And then the Army Chorus will sing to close the evening.
     So I think we'll have a really great time there. I think you've all
 seen the guest list, and in a minute I think they'll bring you over so you
 can see who's sitting at the President's table and who's sitting at my
 table. Our special surprise guest -- and we had saved two places to be able
 to ask someone from the Kentucky Derby, and so we have the jockey, Calvin
 Borel. So we're very thrilled to have him tonight and his girlfriend for
 the dinner, as well.
     Let's see, you can see how beautiful the flowers are, and right here is
 the whole team that put all of this together -- Amy Zantzinger, who is our
 new social secretary, and she has initiation by fire, starting with the
 most elegant and most formal State Dinner that we'll host. And she's done a
 terrific job. Also, this is Admiral Steve Rochon. He's our new chief usher.
 And once again, this is his first State Dinner, and it's such a very, very
 important State Dinner. And he's done a terrific job. I hope you all will
 have a chance to get to know him.
     Bill Yosses is our dessert chef, and he also -- well, you were here a
 year, you've been -- is it a year? No, just six months. And he's done a
 terrific job. And Nancy, our florist, Nancy Clarke that you all know.
 You've met her at all the Christmas previews and all the other previews.
 She's been here for many years, and once again, you can see her
 arrangements are just magnificent, and they're just so perfect and elegant,
 I think, for Her Majesty. And Cris Comerford, who is our executive chef. I
 know you all know Cris. And she's been here for a while, but fairly new as
 the chief chef, as the executive chef. And she's been fixing really, really
 wonderful food. And today's lunch was certainly that way, and I know
 tonight's dinner will be delicious, too. I don't know if you all have seen
 the menu cards. Have they -- do you know if they -- have you seen those? So
 you've seen what we're serving tonight.
     So I think it will be a really beautiful dinner, and I want you all to
 be able to ask them anything you want to know about what all of them have
 done. I will tell you that we did have to talk the President into white
 tie. (Laughter.) He was not that -- Dr. Rice and I took it upon ourselves
 to talk him into it, because we thought if we were ever going to have a
 white tie event, this would be the one. And so he was glad to wear white
 tie. But I don't know about the rest of our guests, especially the ones
 from Texas. They're probably having to go out and rent theirs this
 afternoon. (Laughter.)
     But anyway, it's going to be a very fun and festive evening, and we're
 so happy to have this opportunity. It's really a huge privilege to have the
 opportunity to entertain Her Majesty, and to underscore how important our
 relationship is and has been through our whole history with Great Britain,
 and what a staunch ally Great Britain is of ours and how much we appreciate
 it.
     So I guess that's it, unless Sally thinks of something else I didn't
 tell. So I'll let you all take over with all the people who actually did
 all the work and put all this together. And doesn't it look so pretty?
     Thanks everybody. Thank you all.
 
     END    2:32 P.M. EDT
 
     (1) The State Dinner was held in 1991.
 
 SOURCE White House Press Office