Touring queen arrives in D.C.

Published May 7, 2007

WASHINGTON - Queen Elizabeth II, who spent the weekend in Kentucky, received a low-key welcome to the Washington area Sunday night as she arrived at Andrews Air Force Base on the final leg of her six-day visit to the United States.

Illuminated by a setting sun, the 81-year-old British monarch, in aqua-colored hat and matching outfit, stepped from a British Airways Boeing 777 and was greeted by the base commander, Col. Paul Ackerley, and his wife, Diana.

"I just said it was an honor to meet her, " Diana Ackerley said later.

An official arrival ceremony is scheduled for this morning on the South Lawn of the White House, where President Bush will greet the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. They are to attend an afternoon garden party at the British ambassador's residence in Washington, then a state dinner in their honor at the White House.

Tuesday, the queen and duke are scheduled to visit NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., Children's Hospital in Washington and the National World War II Memorial on the Mall before departing for Britain late in the day.