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John Kerry: Official Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Washington, DC

June 13, 2013

2013/0727

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY

On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send warmest congratulations and best wishes to the people of the United Kingdom in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Official Birthday on June 15.

There’s something remarkable in just how deeply connected we Americans feel to Her Majesty.

In the United States, we revere our special connection to what we call the Greatest Generation, the stoic men and women who persevered and won the second World War. Perhaps that is why we also share such regard for Her Majesty, who came of age in Great Britain’s own Greatest Generation.

It grew up with grit and grace in the face of enormous sacrifice, and in victory forever deepened the special relationship and bond between our two nations. Today it sets the standard for great dignity in the face of great challenge.

So, in the same year that we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation, this occasion is a special opportunity to pay tribute to the Queen’s remarkable life and legacy, and to recognize her resolute leadership in the UK, the Commonwealth, and throughout the world.

That I made my first overseas visit as Secretary of State earlier this year to the UK should be no surprise, for Great Britain remains the indispensable partner of my country.

As you mark this special day with the spectacular Trooping the Colour ceremony, it is with deep respect and admiration that I extend congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen and to the British people. 

ENDS

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