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Gerald Ford greets the Queen of England during the bicentennial celebration

In this speech at a state dinner honoring the visiting Queen of England, Gerald Ford discusses the mutual friendship of the United States and England. Ford notes that both countries have met what might have seemed like insurmountable challenges, and looks forward to success much like “those first stalwart Englishmen who settled here, and their descendants who forged an independent nation.” He hopes the democracies, working together, continue the defense of freedom. The speech ends with a toast to the Queen.

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