Off the Shelf: Chip Mann's "The Queen and the U.S.A."

H. Edward "Chip" Mann, director of development for U.Va.'s Center for Politics, and Lord Alan Watson of Richmond, CBE, "The Queen and the U.S.A." Dementi Milestone Publishing.
 
June 12, 2012 — As Great Britain marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne this year, a new book offers an American pictorial tribute to her and the relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. The book, which includes a foreword by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, recognizes the queen's role and contribution to a friendship recognized throughout the world.
 
Queen Elizabeth II has visited 12 U.S. presidents and the commonwealth of Virginia several times in recent years. She attended the celebration of Jamestown's 350th anniversary – and its 400th commemoration 50 years later.
 
The American Bicentennial in 1976 brought the Queen to Jamestown and Charlottesville. She also visited in 2007 and spoke to a joint session of Virginia General Assembly.
 
"Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has enhanced and reconfirmed the underlying democratic values that are shared by Great Britain and the United States," Mann told the Virginia Gazette of Williamsburg several days ago. "We hope the essays and photos we've compiled serve as a reminder to citizens around the world of the queen's efforts."
 
Mann served as executive director of the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission and as director of operations for the inauguration of Gov. Robert McDonnell.
 
Co-author Watson, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, was elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Watson of Richmond in 1999, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. He is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union.