“I have the greatest respect for this young woman who must combine the responsibilities of a Queen with the requirements and emotional stresses of a young mother. I think, too, the British people are fortunate in having the royal family to hold them together. Everywhere you go, you see that the Queen, Prince Philip, the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret are loved as well as deeply respected.”Eleanor Roosevelt, “My Day”, May 15, 1957
We join the world in mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. While the Queen’s reign began after the Roosevelt years in the White House, there was a relationship between the Roosevelts and the Royals. Her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, visited the United States in 1939, and Eleanor Roosevelt traveled to the United Kingdom in 1942 to visit troops during World War II and again in 1948 to unveil a statue of FDR. Mrs. Roosevelt was invited to the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947, but was unable to attend.