Most of us are too young to remember the events of the American Revolution. It began in 1765 when the colonists rebelled against Great Britain to establish themselves as a separate, independent nation. After a long and bloody war, the colonists succeeded and established the United States of America we know today.
But now at least one citizen is asking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to take the country back under her control. This event wouldn’t be too noteworthy if it hadn’t elicited a rare response from Buckingham Palace.
An American citizen begged for Queen Elizabeth to reclaim the United States
The U.S. colonies belonged to Great Britain long before Queen Elizabeth came to power. Settlers from Europe arrived at different East Coast locations in the late 16th century as England began a colonization initiative. But eventually, mounting political differences inspired the colonists to revolt against tax increases, which led to the Revolutionary War and the establishment of an independent nation.
But not everyone is happy with how the country is operating more than 200 years later. An anonymous citizen sent a letter to Queen Elizabeth in 2015 which expressed their distaste with the presidential candidate, and eventual victor, Donald Trump.
What the letter said
The letter had a bold, unusual request for Her Majesty following the Republican party primary.
“On behalf of the American people, I urgently implore you to take us back,” the citizen wrote, according to Express. “Clearly, the options we have to lead us aren’t up to par. Again, please, I beg of you, make the United States of America a colony of the United Kingdom.”
They continued: “For further reasons as to why this is such a necessary, albeit drastic, step, I refer to tonight’s Republican Party Primary debate. Thank you. God Save the Queen.”
Her Majesty issued a rare response to the letter writer
The queen receives upward of 300 letters every day and does not have time to read or respond to every one. Plus, she rarely answers queries from her fans since she follows the age-old royal motto, “Never complain, never explain.” This letter, however, did inspire Her Majesty to reply.
A Buckingham Palace official drafted a polite yet firm response. “I have been asked to write in response to your recent letter to the queen in which you express your views about the American government,” the letter read.
“Whilst your views have been noted, you will appreciate, I am sure, that there can be no question of the queen intervening in the affairs of another sovereign state.”
Queen Elizabeth is one of two monarchs to visit the United States
Despite friendly relations between the United Kingdom and the United States, Queen Elizabeth is one of only two monarchs — the other being her father, King George VI — to set foot on U.S. soil for the purpose of a royal visit.
Meanwhile, Her Majesty has met with all 11 United States presidents who served during her reign except for one. She never met Lyndon B. Johnson during his presidency, which began after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The queen hosted President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, in 2019 at Buckingham Palace.