Immediately after the economic summit in Versailles, Reagan visited Britain. The President went riding with the Queen at Windsor. It had been suggested that he should address a joint session of Parliament in Westminster Hall, but the Labour Party objected. Reagan remained a highly controversial figure in Britain, with much of the press continuing to depict him as a warmonger and, despite two successful terms as Governor of California, as a B-movie actor. The President instead addressed those Members of Parliament who wished to hear him in the Royal Gallery. About the Falklands he said that British troops were fighting for a cause: armed aggression must not be allowed to succeed. When Mrs Thatcher congratulated Reagan on making his speech without a note, he introduced her to a British invention — the Autocue.
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- 2.George P. Shultz, Turmoil and Triumph (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1993) pp. 136, 152.Google Scholar