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英女王访美 礼仪招待忙煞“牛仔”布什(图)

  英国女王伊丽莎白二世5月3日开始访问美国。结束在美国其他城市的一系列活动后,女王7日抵达白宫,迎来访美期间的最重要活动——美国总统布什夫妇为她举办的国宴。布什一反常态换下得州牛仔,打上白领结、西装革履迎接女王。据了解,这是布什担任总统6年来第五次为他国元首举行国宴,也是布什第一次愿意在国宴中身穿燕尾服。
  President Bush toasts with Queen Elizabeth II, center, duringastate dinner at the White House on Monday, May 7, 2007inWashington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)It was queens weather forQueenElizabeth II on Monday at the White House, where PresidentBushwelcomed her under brilliant skies with a colorful pageantofruffles and flourishes — and even a little joke.The band playedthenational anthems, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corpsinrevolutionary-era uniforms piped British Grenadiers, the 21gunssaluted, the troops marched, and 7,000 onlookers on the SouthLawncheered, clapped and waved little Union Jacks and Americanflagsfor the arrival ceremony, a White House tradition for headsofstate but especially fervent this time in honor of the sovereignofAmericas closest ally in the Iraq war.

  In his welcoming remarks, Bush underlined that point.

  Today our two nations are defending liberty against tyrannyandterror, he said. American and British forces are staying ontheoffense against the extremists and terrorists. … Your Majesty,Iappreciate your leadership during these times of dangeranddecision.A white-tie state dinner — Bushs first — for 134isMonday night, with entertainment by violin virtuoso ItzhakPerlman.For the state dinner, Mrs. Bush will be wearing anembroidered aquagown with a bolero by Oscar de la Renta. Thequeens attire has notbeen released but it likely wont be by afamous fashion designer(the queen has her own dressmakers). Of moreinterest, especiallyto scruffy reporters, is what jewels she willwear.

  Bush is known to disdain fancy dress and staying up latebutrelented for the queen. We did sort of have to convince himalittle bit to opt for white-tie, Laura Bush said Monday ofherefforts along with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to talkBushinto agreeing to the most formal dress code, especially favoredbythe British.

  On Tuesday, the Bushes will go to the British Embassy to dinewiththe queen and the duke at another formal dinner.

  The royal couple arrived in Washington on Sunday night,aftervisiting Jamestown, Va., to celebrate the 400th anniversary ofthefirst permanent English settlement in North America, andLouisvillefor the Kentucky Derby over the weekend.Vocabulary:

  Union Jacks

  :英国国旗

  state dinner

  :国宴

  fancy dress

  :高档、正式的服装,此指“燕尾服”

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