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The White House State Dinner

A State Dinner honoring a visiting head of government or reigning monarch is one of the grandest and most glamorous of White House affairs. It is part of an official state visit and provides the president and first lady the opportunity to honor the visiting head of state and his or her spouse. In this short video, learn the history of State Dinners and get an inside look on all the preparation that goes into these meaningful diplomatic events.

White House Historical Association