White House, Ties, and Tails.
President Bush will hold his first ever White Tie affair at the White House to welcome the Queen of England. Apparently they will not talk about policy since that would be "extraordinarily bad form," Reginald Dale, senior fellow in the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington said. With a title that long I can't for the life of me figure out what it is that this guy does, but he seems to know what the Queen wants to talk about. This article is from Bloomberg
and talks about proper etiquette when dealing with the Queen. The Queen does not have a voice in setting policy so I guess it would be improper to discuss it with her.
The challenge in this article is that President Bush is going to engage in idle chit chat with the Queen of England. I would love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation. Because it hasn't happened yet, everything up to now is speculation. They might talk about Iraq since the Queen's grandson is due to be shipped to Iraq soon.
The Associated Press covered this story and mainly gave a travel itinerary for the Queen.
This article sums up the situation best, stating that the President is known for his informality and that he is going to host a white tie affair which is the highest formal reception given to visiting dignitaries.
I wonder if he is going to ask her to pull his finger.