|Visit Of Queen Elizabeth II
Feb. 01, 1965
|It gives Us the greatest pleasure to welcome, on Our own behalf of the entire Ethiopian people,
Your Majesty and Prince Philip who are with Us in Ethiopia as Our honoured guests. We have long
and eagerly looked forward to your coming, and We greet you this evening with respect and
In coming to Ethiopia, Your Majesty, You have reaffirmed the friendship and depth of feeling which
have for so long existed between Our two nations and their peoples and which serve as an
indissoluble bond between Us. You have, as well, contributed fresh evidence of the unversality of
man and of the fundamental and deep-seated ties which unite all people, whatever their race,
cultural orientation or economic and social background, who share common principles and ideals
and who strive for the attainment of man's most cherished goals. The Commonwealth of which
Your Majesty is the Head stands today as symbol of this universality and provides, in its own way,
encouragement for those of Us who seek, on this African continent, to utilize in Our search for true
unity what is best among the common instincts and aspirations shared by all men.
The Ethiopian and British peoples and Governments are old friends. Contacts between Us stretch
back many years. Our friendship was cemented and rendered indissoluble during the unhappy
years in which Ethiopians, abandoned to the aggressor, struggled against overwhelming odds, first,
to preserve their nation's independence, and later, to free it from the despot's heel. We personally
cherish mixed emotions concerning those years. From 1936 to 1941, separated form Our people,
exiled in a strange land while We laboured to muster sympathy and support for Ethiopia's cause,
We were received by the British people with a warmth which nourished and strengthened Our
will. And when, finally, the just God called the tyrant aggressor to account, soldiers of many lands
marching under the British flag, fought side by side with Our patriots for the liberation of the
subjugated and the triumph of justice and liberty over tyranny and oppression.
Today, Ethiopia looks to the British as staunch and firm friends in the struggle being waged
throughout the world against poverty, ignorance and want.
|Throughout the years, Ethiopia has enjoyed and benefited from the interest of British scholars and
friends who have sought to know Our country well and to convey to the world from which Our
nation was so long isolated a true sense of the richness of Our life and the diversity of Our culture.
As this knowledge has been diffused, Ethiopia has been helped to emerge proudly to play a fuller
role in international affairs. It is upon this knowledge and understanding that We have sought to
build the international unity of the spirit which today consitutes the most important force for good
in the search for a lasting world peace and a decent way of life for humanity. With the raising of all
men to their rightful dignity and honour as individuals, they will be able to regard their fellows, of
whatever nation, of whatever race, of whatever religious, linguistic or historical tradition, as
equals, without jealousy, without fear, without undue pride. The British people are united with Us
in this field and We are confident that they will continue to lend their unstinting efforts in the
accomplishment of the immense task which, together with other people of good will, they have
joined their efforts.
Your Majesty, during Your Reign, which commenced in an African country only a little distance to
the South, You have carried forward gloriously the traditions of Your lineage and brought new
honour to the Throne which You occupy. Your Majesty personally enjoys today the respect, the
admiration and the affection of all peoples to whom Britain serves as the symbol of indomitability
in adversity, of courage when confronted by danger, of dignity and resolve when threatened with
defeat, and of magnanmity and generosity in victory.
we shall never forget the warm and friendly reception accorded to Us by the British people during
Our state visit a decade ago. Similarly, We trust that your stay with Us will be pleasant. We hope
that you will carry away with you deep and abiding memories of Our nation and its people.
We ask all here assembled now to join Us in a toast to the continued friendship between the British
and Ethiopian peoples, to the growth in prosperity and well-being of the British nation, to the
health, long life and personal happiness of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of
|Haile Selassie the First - February 1, 1965|