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Queen Elizabeth in Washington: Poll finds U.S. loves her, Bush slips up

Watch the president welcome the Queen to the White House and slip up on the year of America's bicentennial.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The queen is loved, not only in Britain but in that nation's former North American colony.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday during her six-day U.S. visit finds that eight in 10 Americans have a favorable view of Queen Elizabeth II. This is despite the fact that four in 10 believe Britain would be better off without a royal family.

Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, arrived at the White House on Monday morning, and will wrap up their visit with a white-tie dinner. The royal couple was greeted by President and Mrs. Bush and 7,000 guests.

Remarks by both Bush and the queen emphasized the long ties of history and friendship between the two countries. Both referred to the queen's attendance at the ceremony commemorating the 1607 landing at Jamestown, Virginia. It is the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in North America.

The president thanked the 81-year-old monarch for helping America celebrate its bicentennial "in 1776." Recovering from his slip, Bush gave the queen a sheepish smile and told the audience that she had given him "a look only a mother could give."

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