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Fit for a Queen

U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez was one of the lucky few invited to attend a black tie dinner with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Tuesday night before the royal couple flew back to England.

The Queen held the dinner at the British Embassy in honor of the President and First Lady. The Washington Post reports that guests included "members of his cabinet and political and cultural VIPs who British Ambassador Sir David Manning hoped might amuse the queen" including the former President Bush, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Alan Greenspan and Sens. John Warner, Dianne Feinstein and Martinez.

Martinez, who didn't have the greatest week trying to broker a compromise over immigration reform, told reporters on Wednesday: "I had dinner with the Queen last night. That was cool."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:49pm]

    

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