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The Bicentennial


The University Celebrates
the Bicentennial of the United States


As part of the celebration of the Bicentennial festivities in 1976, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain visited the United States. She visited the University of Virginia on July 10, 1976, and was feted in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. The royal luncheon was the first state occasion in the newly-rebuilt Rotunda and was reminiscent of the banquet given for Lafayette in 1824.

The photographs are courtesy of the University of Virginia Office of University Relations. The video clip is courtesy of the University of Virginia TV News Office, with special thanks to Janet Martin and Jane Ford.