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  • State Dinner for Italian President Saragat
    Robert L. Knudsen
    staff
    State Visit
    State Floor
    State Dinner
    State Dining Room
    Residence staff
    Head of State
    centerpieces
    In this photograph, maitre d'hotel John W. Ficklin surprises President Giuseppe Saragat of Italy with a birthday cake during a State Dinner held in his honor on September 19, 1967. The State Dinner was hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson on the Italian president's 69th birthday. Prominently displayed on the table is a gilded bronze plateau purchased for the White House during the James Monroe administration. After the dinner in the State Dining Room, guests transitioned to the East Room where they enjoyed selections from the musical "Man of La Mancha" by Richard Kiley, who originated the role of Don Quixote in the Broadway production.
  • President Kennedy Hosts State Dinner for Ẓāhir Shāh of Afghanistan
    Robert L. Knudsen
    State Visit
    State Dinner
    Grand Staircase
    First Family
    Entrance Hall
    Head of State
    This photograph, taken by Robert L. Knudsen, shows President John F. Kennedy and his sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, near the foot of the Grand Staircase with King Ẓāhir Shāh of Afghanistan and his wife, Humaira Begum, during a State Dinner held in his honor on September 5, 1963. Originally planned for the Rose Garden, the dinner took place in the State Dining Room due to the possibility of inclement weather.
  • Reception Following Funeral for President John F. Kennedy
    Cecil Stoughton
    First Family
    Red Room
    State Floor
    funerals
    Head of State
    In this photograph, taken on November 25, 1963, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and her brother-in-law Senator Edward Kennedy receive guests in the Red Room following the State Funeral for President John F. Kennedy. Here, Mrs. Kennedy shakes hands with Prince Georg Valdemar of Denmark. Also pictured among the distinguished guests are Danish Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag; Prince Jean of Luxembourg; Prince Moulay Abdallah of Morocco; U.S. Chief of Protocol Angier Biddle Duke; and Brig. Gen. Godfrey T. McHugh, Air Force aide to President Kennedy. Following his assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, Kennedy's body lay in state in the East Room of the White House and the United States Capitol Building prior to burial at Arlington National Cemetery three days later. A funeral service was held at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Bids President Kennedy Farewell
    Abbie Rowe
    mantels
    Yellow Oval Room
    Head of State
    Second Floor
    In this photograph taken by Abbie Rowe, President John F. Kennedy stands in front of the Yellow Oval Room mantelpiece with Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda of Japan on June 23, 1961. Placed in front of the mantel is a scale mock-up of the green and white mantelpiece brought to the attention of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy by Jayne Wrightsman and purchased for the Yellow Oval Room by Mr. and Mrs. John Loeb. After consideration, the mantel was deemed too small for the room and it was eventually incorporated into the redecoration of the Family Dining Room on the State Floor.
  • President Kennedy Meets with Prime Minister Fanfani of Italy
    Robert L. Knudsen
    West Sitting Hall
    Second Floor
    Head of State
    meetings
    This photograph of President John F. Kennedy meeting with Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani of Italy in the West Sitting Hall was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on June 12, 1961. The curtains are the multicolored printed cotton originally chosen by Sister Parish who designed the room in the early stages of the Kennedy restoration project in 1961. Sister Parish was a socialite and interior designer who worked with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the early stages of her restoration project.
  • The Kennedys and President Khan and His Daughter at Mount Vernon
    Robert L. Knudsen
    residence
    presidential sites & libraries
    State Visit
    State Dinner
    Head of State
    Virginia
    This photograph of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on July 11, 1961. President and Mrs. Kennedy are photographed in front of Mount Vernon alongside President Mohammad Ayub Khan of Pakistan and his daughter, Begum Nasir Akhtar Aurangzeb. Mount Vernon provided the location and backdrop for a State Dinner held in President Khan’s honor and was the first of its kind held outside the White House. Mrs. Kennedy wore a dress designed for her by Oleg Cassini, which she requested be columnar in shape to echo Mount Vernon’s historic facade. Mount Vernon was the estate of President George Washington.
  • President Kennedy and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand in the Oval Office
    Robert L. Knudsen
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    Head of State
    meetings
    This photograph is of President John F. Kennedy meeting with Deputy Prime Minister John (Jack) R. Marshall of New Zealandin the Oval Office. President John F. Kennedy is sitting in his reupholstered rocking chair. The meeting was photographed by Robert L. Knudsen on June 15, 1962. Before 1909, the president's office was located in the Executive Mansion. During the William H. Taft administration, the West Wing doubled in size from the 1902 renovation and included a presidential oval office. In 1934, during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, the West Wing was expanded and renovated, with the Oval Office relocated to the West Wing’s southeast corner.
  • State Dinner for British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    military
    State Floor
    State Dinner
    Head of State
    Cross Hall
    State Visit
    This photograph taken by Joseph J. Scherschel on January 27, 1970 shows President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon posed in the Cross Hall with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson (Baron Wilson of Rievaulx), and his wife Mary Wilson (Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx). The two couples are flanked by a military honor guard in dress uniform as they proceed down the Cross Hall for their formal entrance into the East Room as part of the State Dinner held in Wilson's honor.
  • Queen Elizabeth II and President Bush at Arrival Ceremony
    Joseph H. Bailey
    military
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and President George H. W. Bush reviewing troops during an Arrival Ceremony held in her honor was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush welcomed The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds and later celebrated her visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Queen Elizabeth's visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Queen Elizabeth II and President Bush at Arrival Ceremony
    Joseph H. Bailey
    military
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and President George H. W. Bush at an Arrival Ceremony held in her honor was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush welcomed Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to the ceremony held on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds and later celebrated The Queen's visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Queen Elizabeth's visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Queen Elizabeth II and President Bush at Arrival Ceremony
    Joseph H. Bailey
    military
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and President George H. W. Bush reviewing troops during an Arrival Ceremony held in her honor was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush welcomed The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds and later celebrated her visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Queen Elizabeth's visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Queen Elizabeth II and President Bush at Arrival Ceremony
    Joseph H. Bailey
    military
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and President George H. W. Bush at an Arrival Ceremony held in her honor was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush welcomed Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to the ceremony held on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds and later celebrated The Queen's visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Queen Elizabeth's visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Military Presentation at Queen Elizabeth II Arrival Ceremony
    Joseph H. Bailey
    military
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of troops standing at attention during the Arrival Ceremony held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush welcomed The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the ceremony held on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds and later honored her visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Queen Elizabeth's visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States. President Bush and Queen Elizabeth are among the group gathered to the right of the standing troops.
  • Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Perform for Queen Elizabeth II
    Joseph H. Bailey
    music
    military
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of President George H. W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain watching the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps perform on the South Lawn was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991 during an Arrival Ceremony held in The Queen's honor. On the right side of the reviewing stand are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and First Lady Barbara Bush. The Bushes also honored her visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Queen Elizabeth's visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Arrival Ceremony in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of President George H. W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain on the reviewing stand during an Arrival Ceremony held in her honor was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. On the right side of the reviewing stand are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and First Lady Barbara Bush. The Arrival Ceremony took place on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds. The Bushes also celebrated Queen Elizabeth's visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Her visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Perform for Queen Elizabeth II
    Joseph H. Bailey
    music
    military
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of President George H. W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain watching the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps perform on the South Lawn was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991 during an Arrival Ceremony held in The Queen's honor. On the right side of the reviewing stand are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and First Lady Barbara Bush. The Bushes also honored her visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Queen Elizabeth's visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Arrival Ceremony in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of President George H. W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain on the reviewing stand during an Arrival Ceremony held in her honor was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and First Lady Barbara Bush also attended the ceremony. The Arrival Ceremony took place on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds. The Bushes also celebrated Queen Elizabeth's visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Her visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • President Bush Welcomes Queen Elizabeth II with Arrival Ceremony
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of President George H. W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. The four are seen walking to a reviewing stand erected on the South Lawn for an Arrival Ceremony held in honor of The Queen. The Bushes also celebrated her visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Queen Elizabeth's visit to the White House was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • President Bush Welcomes Queen Elizabeth II with Arrival Ceremony
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of President George H. W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. The four are seen walking to a reviewing stand erected on the South Lawn for an Arrival Ceremony held in honor of The Queen. The Bushes also celebrated her visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Queen Elizabeth's visit to the White House was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Arrival Ceremony in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of President George H. W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain leaving the reviewing stand during the Arrival Ceremony held in her honor was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. On the right side of the reviewing stand are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and First Lady Barbara Bush. The Bushes also celebrated Queen Elizabeth's visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Her visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Arrival Ceremony in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of President George H. W. Bush speaking at the Arrival Ceremony held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. Queen Elizabeth is seated beside him on a reviewing stand erected on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds. On the right side of the reviewing stand are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and First Lady Barbara Bush. The Bushes also celebrated Queen Elizabeth's visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Her visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • President Bush Welcomes Queen Elizabeth II with Arrival Ceremony
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of President George H. W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. The four are seen walking to a reviewing stand erected on the South Lawn for an Arrival Ceremony held in honor of The Queen. The Bushes also celebrated her visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Queen Elizabeth's visit to the White House was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Arrival Ceremony in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of Queen Elizabeth II speaking during an Arrival Ceremony held in her honor was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. President George H. W. Bush is standing next to her on a reviewing stand erected on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds. On the right side of the reviewing stand are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and First Lady Barbara Bush. The Bushes also celebrated Queen Elizabeth's visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Her visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Arrival Ceremony in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of Queen Elizabeth II speaking during an Arrival Ceremony held in her honor was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. President George H. W. Bush is standing next to her on a reviewing stand erected on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds. On the right side of the reviewing stand are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and First Lady Barbara Bush. The Bushes also celebrated Queen Elizabeth's visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Her visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.
  • Arrival Ceremony in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Visit
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Head of State
    Arrival Ceremony
    This photograph of President George H. W. Bush speaking at the Arrival Ceremony held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain was taken by Joseph H. Bailey on May 14, 1991. Queen Elizabeth is seated beside him on a reviewing stand erected on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds. On the right side of the reviewing stand are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and First Lady Barbara Bush. The Bushes also celebrated Queen Elizabeth's visit with a State Dinner in the evening. Her visit was the start of a 13 day tour of the United States.