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Queen Elizabeth II at Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Honored to Host the Queen for Two Historic Commemorations

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation was honored to host Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with her late husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, during commemorative visits to Jamestown Settlement in 2007 and a half-century earlier to Jamestown Festival Park in 1957.

In remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation invites the public to sign a special book of condolences located in the lobby at Jamestown Settlement, which will be available until 5 p.m. on the day of her funeral (September 19) and then shared with the British Embassy.

Photo courtesy of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

The Queen Visits in 1957

On October 16, 1957, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II addressed nearly 40,000 people on the mall at Jamestown Festival Park as part of a visit to Virginia in honor of the Commonwealth’s 350th anniversary celebration of the founding of Jamestown. Queen Elizabeth II, along with her late husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, toured Jamestown Festival Park in 1957 to view new museum exhibits and outdoor settings depicting America’s first permanent English colony. Their 1957 visit also included a tour of Jamestown Island and events at the College of William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg.

AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool

The Queen Returns in 2007

The royal couple returned to Jamestown Settlement, formerly known as Jamestown Festival Park, on May 4, 2007 for the 400th anniversary of Jamestown’s founding, with military salutes and dramatic presentations. Developed in partnership with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the program chronicled the four centuries of history connecting Britain and America and enduring legacies.

The royal visit at Jamestown Settlement included remarks in the museum’s re-created colonial fort by U.S. Vice President Richard B. Cheney and America’s 400th Anniversary Honorary Chair Sandra Day O’Connor and a dramatic presentation, developed in partnership with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, that chronicled the history of the relationship between Britain and America over the past 400 years. The Queen toured several buildings in the fort while the Duke of Edinburgh toured the Susan Constant. Both observed students engaged in museum education programs.

Watch videos highlighting the commemorations of America’s 350th & 400th anniversaries and the Queen’s attendance at each available for viewing below.


America’s 350th Anniversary Commemoration at Jamestown Settlement

America’s 400th Anniversary Commemoration at Jamestown Settlement


See Photo Slideshow of Queen Elizabeth II at Jamestown Settlement



The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, administers Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.