July 30, 1975. President Ford joins leaders of 34 nations in signing the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Photo of Henry Kissinger, Leonid Brezhnev, President Ford, and Andrei Gromyko outside the American Embassy in Helsinki, Finland.
The Queen was easy to deal with. She was very definite about what she wanted and what she didn’t want. She loves Bob Hope and Telly Savalas, so we invited Bob Hope and Telly Savalas — both came — and if I hadn’t kept mixing up Your Highness and Your Majesty (he’s His Highness, she’s Her Majesty) I’d give myself four stars for the way that visit went off.
-Betty Ford on the White House State Dinner for Queen Elizabeth, from her 1978 memoir
President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford hosted a White House dinner in honor of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on July 7, 1976. The visit by the Queen was part of the celebration of the bicentennial of the American Revolution.
Here, the First Lady is pictured dancing with Prince Philip.
-from the Ford Presidential Library and Museum
A Betty Ford supporter in Portland (ME) in 1975. Republican First Lady Betty Ford was known for her support of progressive causes… After struggling with alcohol and prescription drug addition, Betty also founded the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse problems. Betty passed away on July 8, 2011 at the age of 93.
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