(By Tammy Haddad, Hardball executive producer)
Queen of England greets the country and the world at a White House ceremony on the South Lawn. The air is filled with laughter and anticipation as many in hats (mine was so broad I had to tilt my head sideways to get through security) are waving Old Glory and Union Jack flags supplied by the White House. Steve and Jean Case are here beneath the Truman Balcony, as is Dorothy Height, now 95, who has worked with every president since FDR. I can see David Gregory in the front of the line with his son Max in jacket and tie. (Dad has White Tails for tonight's State Dinner!). Does Zegna make kid's clothes? The U.S. Air Force Band is playing as a large color guard with flags from countless nations parades up the East Drive and circles the White House.
(Photo: Workers clean the red carpet ahead of the official welcome ceremony for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip/Getty Images)