The Foreign Office and the 1939 Royal Visit to America: Courting the USA in an Era of Isolationism

@article{Bell2002TheFO,
  title={The Foreign Office and the 1939 Royal Visit to America: Courting the USA in an Era of Isolationism},
  author={Peter Bell},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  year={2002},
  volume={37},
  pages={599 - 616}
}
  • P. Bell
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
The visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the USA in June 1939, the first by a British monarch, seemed to symbolize, at a time of escalating danger, the solidarity of the English-speaking peoples. The occasion's significance was jocularly captured in a Gaumont newsreel: against images of the royal couple escorted along Pennsylvania Avenue, the narrator declares that the last time the British had gone there it had been 'to burn the White House'.1 Extending a state visit to Canada, the… 

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