Chicago gave Queen Elizabeth a spectacular welcome July 6. The Queen, the first British reigning?
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Background: Chicago gave Queen Elizabeth a spectacular welcome July 6. The Queen, the first British reigning monarch to visit this bustling mid-west port and city, responded in a short speech (sof) to the greetings by the State Governor William G. Stratton and Mayor Richard J. Daley.
This is an extract of her speech, recorded on film over the transatlantic cable:
"Governor Stratton and Mr. Mayor, my husband and I are very glad to be here today. We have looked forward for a long time to coming to Chicago and to the state of Illinois and to meeting our American friends from the middle of your country. Now we are expecting to spend a busy and interesting day in your great city where we assure you that we shall be very keen and inquisitive sightseers. We extend our warmest greetings to you and the people of this city and this state and to their neighbours across the United States".