Are you excited by the arrival of the newest Prince? How about celebrating by making these royal scones?
In August 1959, Queen Elizabeth entertained President Dwight Eisenhower at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. One of the dishes she served was drop scones. The next year, she was reminded of his visit and her promise to share the recipe, and she mailed it to him.
She included some help to make the recipes work for an American cook. She noted that treacle (sugar syrup) could be used for caster sugar. But you have to wonder, exactly how a big a teacup should the cook use?
(You might remember that we also suggested making these scones for William and Kate’s wedding too. It’s just such a fun document that we can’t resist! National Archives, Queen Elizabeth’s Scone Recipe, 01/24/1960, ARC 5721363)
Happy Birthday Bob Hope! The entertainer would be celebrating 110 years today.
Here, Hope and Betty Ford do a few steps to warm up during preparations for the State Dinner held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on July 7, 1976. Hope was featured during the entertainment portion of the evening.
-from the Ford Library
Archives holdings can contain many different records, including recipes. Here is a personal recipe for the Queen’s drop scones which President Eisenhower requested from her after a visit. This recipe is a staff favorite and invites the addition of chopped candied ginger in the batter to make a special treat to enjoy with a hot cup of tea.
Wonder if Eisenhower really used a teacup to measure flour for the Queen’s scones?
The grand reopening of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum is this weekend on December 22nd. As part of the celebration, we’ve put together a list of memorable moments in the 40 year history of the LBJ Library.
Pictured, the Queen of England visits the LBJ Library in May, 1991.
Queen Elizabeth has met with American Presidents in the United States and in her own country. On the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, 60 years on the throne since February 6, 1952 - here’s some photos to celebrate.
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 with Your Majesty (he’s His Highness, she’s Her Majesty) I’d give myself four stars for the way that visit went off.
First Lady Betty Ford’s Description of the State Dinner for Queen Elizabeth on July 7, 1976
From her 1978 memoir, The Times of My Life.
Nary a costume here - Before she became Queen of England, Princess Elizabeth made one of her first visits to a foreign county by visiting the United States on October 31, 1951. She and her husband, Prince Philip, stayed with the Trumans through November 3.
President Truman’s daughter, Margaret, had visited England earlier in the year. Both fathers, King George VI and President Truman, exchanged letters, thanking the other for taking care of their daughter during their respective visits.
L-R: Prince Phillip, Margaret Truman, Bess Truman, Princess Elizabeth, and President Truman. ID #20003-165
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