The queen of daytime television meets the Queen of England as Katie Couric attends Buckingham Palace garden party
08:41 GMT, 23 May 2012
The Queen of American television met the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace's first garden party of the summer this afternoon.
ABC News' Katie Couric, who interviewed Princes William and Harry last week in the lead up to Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, was able met Her Majesty herself for the first time.
The former Today host looked the part in a short-sleeve taupe chiffon ruffle dress, which she teamed with a simple cream hat and minimal accessories.
All smiles: The Queen met U.S. television anchor Katie Couric at the Buckingham Palace garden party today
Special occasion: Ms Couric, who interviewed Princes William and Harry about their grandmother last week, was granted a rare audience with the Queen
Elegant: Despite high temperatures, the Queen wore a calf length peach coat, matching hat and white gloves
She described her introduction to the Queen on ABC News, saying Her Majesty was quiet, lovely and charming.
Ms Couric said: 'She was really shmoozing with her guests – although I don’t think she would use the word “shmoozing” – but she was chatting with her guests for nearly two hours this afternoon.'
She continued: 'I had no idea what to expect. She looked beautiful.'
Summer is here: The Queen arrived to the party where nearly 8,000 guests turned out in their best clothes, transforming the Palace's expansive lawn into a sea of pastel colours and ornate hats
Excited: Those in attendance waited for the Queen and then applause broke out as the royal couple made their way towards their waiting guests, who hailed from all over the country
Dressed to impress: The Queen wore a co-ordinating coat and hat of the palest pink for today's event, while her husband, Prince Philip, looked dapper in a traditional top hat and tails
London was basked in sunshine for the occasion, with temperatures at the royal residence soaring to 73F (24C).
Despite the sweltering heat, the Queen wore a calf length peach coat, matching hat and white gloves.
Nearly 8,000 guests turned out in their best clothes for the garden party, transforming the Palace's expansive lawn into a sea of pastel colours and ornate hats.
Hostess: The Queen spent hours entertaining her guests, many with big hats, as she chatted all afternoon
Jubilant: The band played the National Anthem as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh appeared at the top of the steps and a hush fell over the assembled crowd
Mix: A number of journalists from the United Kingdom and the United States were in the crowd at the festivities
Although it was Ms Couric's first meeting with the Queen, she had previously taken an exclusive tour of Buckingham Palace and the manicured private garden with Prince William.
The band played the National Anthem as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh appeared at the top of the steps and a hush fell over the assembled crowd.
Then applause broke out as the couple made their way towards their waiting guests, who hailed from all over the country.
Gracious host: Ms Couric was not the only one granted some one-on-one time with Her Majesty, and the Queen made sure to speak to as many of the guests as possible
Start of the summer season: Today's was the first of two Buckingham Palace garden parties to be held this summer, with the second scheduled for next Tuesday
Ms Couric was introduced to the Queen while other journalists from the UK and U.S. mingled at the party.
Today's was the first of two Buckingham Palace garden parties to be held this summer, with the second scheduled for next Tuesday.
On May 29, Ms Couric will host a two-hour show to mark the Queen’s 60-year reign, called the Diamond Jubilee.
Guests of honour: Her Majesty hosted 8,000 people at the Buckingham Palace garden party today
Twice: The second garden party at Buckingham Palace will be held next Tuesday as the only pair of the summer
The special will feature interviews with The Duke of Cambridge Prince William, Prince Harry, The Duke of York Prince Andrew, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie .
The broadcast will also give viewers special access inside Buckingham Palace.
Ms Couric added: 'I’ve interviewed a lot of people … but interviewing royalty, you do get a bit nervous but they could not have been nicer.'