On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 10, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to Queen Elizabeth II and our friends in the United Kingdom as you mark Her Majesty’s Official Birthday this June 11. This occasion provides an opportunity to acknowledge and honor the Queen’s dedicated leadership and to celebrate -- as President Obama did on his recent State Visit -- her extraordinary service to her nation and to the world.

The United States is committed to the enduring relationship between our two countries and we value the contributions by Her Majesty in strengthening it. Our unique alliance is founded on our common history and thrives today through our shared ideals of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights. United by NATO, the world’s largest foreign direct investment relationship and a long history of kinship, our two nations work in concert promoting peace and prosperity throughout the world.

On this special day, I send warm congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II and the people of the United Kingdom. The United States is committed to fostering and strengthening the bonds of friendship between our nations and peoples for years to come.

PRN: 2011/940