June 16th, 2012 Heather Kovar
As London continues to be in the news with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, her birthday June 16th and preparations for the Olympics, I’ve heard more and more people in New York comment how glad they are the Olympics aren’t here.
Reason number one: traffic.
Remember New York made a gallant effort to get the games.
But back to the 86th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton issued an official statement on the occasion.
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as you celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday this June 16. The United States has long viewed the Queen and her service to her nation with the deepest respect. In this Diamond Jubilee Year, her tireless dedication is a beacon of hope to peoples and countries around the world.
Our nations have a special history of friendship and close cooperation based on shared democratic values and respect for the rule of law. I am looking forward to the London Olympics where the international spotlight will shine on your country’s culture, commitment to democratic principles and human rights. Our nations are united in the pursuit of a more just and democratic future and these Olympics will give us the chance to once again come together in celebration of these values.
I send Queen Elizabeth II and the British people my most heartfelt congratulations on this special day. Best wishes for a year of peace, prosperity and happiness.