RICHMOND, Va. – Queen Elizabeth II arrived Thursday for the commemoration of Jamestownâ€™s 400th anniversary and praised the cultural changes that have occurred since she last visited Americaâ€™s first permanent English settlement 50 years ago.
The last time the queen helped Virginia mark the anniversary of its colonial founding, it was an all-white affair in a state whose government was in open defiance of a 1954 Supreme Court order to desegregate public schools.
â€œOver the course of my reign and certainly since I first visited Jamestown in 1957, my country has become a much more diverse society just as the commonwealth of Virginia and the whole United States of America have also undergone a major social change,â€ the queen said in speech to the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, the first stop on her visit.
The melting pot metaphor captures one of the great strengths of your country and is an inspiration to others around the world as we face the continuing social challenges ahead,â€ she said.
Very thoughtful words from the Queen. It is amazing to think how far things have come in one lifetime (but also how much things haven’t changed).