chapter  4
24 Pages

Transatlantic diplomacy and ‘global’ states


The morning air was heavy with chill as thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace. The people came, as they always do, to watch centuries of tradition at the Changing of the Guard. A ceremony dating back to 1660, it is an impressive occasion, but on 13 September 2001 the crowd was muted, the mood sombre. The two-day-old reaction of the Prime Minister, Tony Blair that, ‘We … here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy and we … will not rest until this evil is driven from our world,’1 was still front page news. The Queen had cut short a break at Balmoral and was on her way back to London. That morning, the Duke of York took the formal salute and the US ambassador to the United Kingdom of only six weeks, Ambassador William Farish, put his hand on his heart as the Queen’s own Coldstream Guards struck up the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ for the fi rst time in history.2