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Aristocracy (Greek: ἀριστοκρατία aristokratía, from ἄριστος aristos 'excellent', and κράτος, kratos 'rule') is a form of government that places strength in the hands of a small, privileged ruling class, the aristocrats. The term derives from the Greek aristokratia, meaning 'rule of the best'.

At the time of the word's origins in ancient Greece, the Greeks conceived it as rule by the best qualified citizens—and often contrasted it favourably with monarchy, rule by an individual. The term was first used by such ancient Greeks as Aristotle and Plato, who used it to describe a system where only the best of the citizens, chosen through a careful process of selection, would become rulers, and hereditary rule would actually have been forbidden, unless the rulers' children performed best and were better endowed with the attributes that make a person fit to rule compared with every other citizen in the polity. Hereditary rule in this understanding is more related to Oligarchy, a corrupted form of Aristocracy where there is rule by a few, but not by the best. Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Xenophon and the Spartans considered Aristocracy (the ideal form of rule by the few) to be inherently better than the ideal form of rule by the many (Democracy), but they also considered the corrupted form of Aristocracy (Oligarchy) to be worse than the corrupted form of Democracy (Mob Rule). This belief was rooted in the assumption that the masses could only produce average policy, while the best of men could produce the best policy, if they were indeed the best of men. Later Polybius in his analysis of the Roman Constitution used the concept of aristocracy to describe his conception of a republic as a mixed form of government, along with democracy and monarchy in their conception from then, as a system of checks and balances, where each element checks the excesses of the other. In practice, aristocracy often leads to hereditary government, after which the hereditary monarch appoints officers as they see fit.

In modern times, aristocracy was usually seen as rule by a privileged group, the aristocratic class, and has since been contrasted with democracy.

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President Wilson and King George V of England

President Wilson and King George V of England

Local Accession Number: CTG 0008..Description: President Wilson and King George V of England, outside of Buckingham Palace...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Cary T. Grayson Collection..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print,... More

President Wilson and King George V of England

President Wilson and King George V of England

Local Accession Number: CTG 0008..Description: President Wilson and King George V of England, outside of Buckingham Palace...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Cary T. Grayson Collection..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print,... More

President Wilson and King George V of England

President Wilson and King George V of England

Local Accession Number: CTG 0008..Description: President Wilson and King George V of England, outside of Buckingham Palace...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Cary T. Grayson Collection..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print,... More

King George of England watching tanks at maneuvers. 8-10-1918
Duke of Connaught and Prince Arthur in France

Duke of Connaught and Prince Arthur in France

British Photographs of World War I

Wilson and King George

Wilson and King George

Local Accession Number: 262..Description: Photo taken when President Wilson visited King George V of England during World War I...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Donated by B.D. Hammpton..Size: 4.5x6.5..Medium: ... More

Wilson and King George

Wilson and King George

Local Accession Number: 262..Description: Photo taken when President Wilson visited King George V of England during World War I...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Donated by B.D. Hammpton..Size: 4.5x6.5..Medium: ... More

Princess Mary visits V.A.D's in France

Princess Mary visits V.A.D's in France

British Photographs of World War I

King George of England inspecting troops in France

King George of England inspecting troops in France

British Photographs of World War I

Wilson and King George

Wilson and King George

Local Accession Number: 262..Description: Photo taken when President Wilson visited King George V of England during World War I...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Donated by B.D. Hammpton..Size: 4.5x6.5..Medium: ... More

King George of England visits the Grand Fleet

King George of England visits the Grand Fleet

British Photographs of World War I

Inspection of British troops by the Duke of Connaught
Commissions - To Foreign Nations - Labor - American Labor Delegation visits Buckingham Palace

Commissions - To Foreign Nations - Labor - American Labor Delegation v...

Original Caption: American Labor Delegation visits Buckingham Palace. The American Labor Delegation which made a tour of England to study conditions caused by the war, were received by King George, who took the... More

Ceremonies - Review in Theatre of Operations - American Troops - U.S. troops visit Toronto, Canada

Ceremonies - Review in Theatre of Operations - American Troops - U.S. ...

Original Caption: U.S. troops visit Toronto, Canada. The 3rd Battalion 363rd Regiment A.E.F. paid a visit to Toronto, Canada on June 23, 1918. Canadian officers are shown inspecting the American equipment. T... More

American Red Cross - Groups - Board of Governors of the New League of Red Cross Societies.  The Red Cross Societies of the World recently organized in Paris and formed the League of Red Cross Societies, appointing Sir. David Henderson as Director General. Left to right, Board of Governors: Senator Frascara of the Italian Red Cross; Sir Arthur Stanley of the British Red Cross; Henry P. Davidson of American Red Cross (Chairman) Comte De Kergorlay of the French Red Cross and Prof. Ninagawa of the Japanese Red Cross

American Red Cross - Groups - Board of Governors of the New League of ...

Date Taken: 5/22/1919 Photographer: Western Newspaper Union American Red Cross - Groups

Ceremonies - Review in Theatre of Operations - American Troops - King George of England, inspecting American troops

Ceremonies - Review in Theatre of Operations - American Troops - King ...

Date Taken: 1919 Ceremonies - Review in Theatre of Operations - American Troops

Ceremonies - Miscellaneous Reviews and Camp Scenes - American troops parade in Canada

Ceremonies - Miscellaneous Reviews and Camp Scenes - American troops p...

Original Caption: American troops parade in Canada. For the first time in History, American troops in full war equipment in the Province of Quebec, Canada. They were reviewed by His Excellency The Duke of Dev... More

Ceremonies - War Activities - Italian notables gathered in Coliseum, Rome to celebrate the entrance of the U.S. in the war. The Coliseum was the scene of tremendous meeting, at which the Italians celebrated the United States entry into the war, and noted especially their gratitude toward the American Red Cross in the service. In the speakers stand. Sir Rennel Rodd, British Ambassador, wearing silk hat, H.R.H. Duke of Connaught with the British Ambassador at the left. Back of him, Henry P. Davidson, Chairman of the War Council, in silk hat and Col. Perkins, American Red Cross Commissioner. Mr. Marconi can be seen in Naval Officers uniform. (Italian) At the extreme right in uniform is Colonel County Appolloni, Liason officer of the Italian Gov. with the American Red Cross

Ceremonies - War Activities - Italian notables gathered in Coliseum, R...

Date Taken: 1918. - Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Ceremonies - War Activities

Ceremonies - Review in Theatre of Operations - American Troops - King George of England inspecting American troops

Ceremonies - Review in Theatre of Operations - American Troops - King ...

Date Taken: 1919 Ceremonies - Review in Theatre of Operations - American Troops

American Red Cross - Groups - League of the Red Cross Societies. Left to right: Sir David Henderson; Oties H. Cutler; Prof. Ninagawa; Sir Arthur Stanley; Henry P. Davison; Senator Frascara; Comte de Kergorley; Dr. Stockton Axson

American Red Cross - Groups - League of the Red Cross Societies. Left ...

Date Taken: 1918 Photographer: Kadel & Herbert American Red Cross - Groups

Decorations - Presentations - By Foreign Governments - King George honors American Officer. King George V. of Great Britain decorating an American officer who distinguished himself during the fighting on the Western Front where the American troops were brigaded with the British

Decorations - Presentations - By Foreign Governments - King George hon...

Photographer: International Film Service Decorations - Presentations - By Foreign Governments

Decorations - Presentations - By Foreign Governments - King George of England decorates an American soldier

Decorations - Presentations - By Foreign Governments - King George of ...

Date Taken: 1919 Photographer: Captain W.E. Moore Decorations - Presentations - By Foreign Governments

[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE]

[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE]

[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE] - [FRA-7195 through FRA-7201 (And O-File)]

[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE]

[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE]

[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE] - [FRA-7195 through FRA-7201 (And O-File)]

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[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE]

[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE] - [FRA-7195 through FRA-7201 (And O-File)]

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[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE]

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[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE]

[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE]

[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE] - [FRA-7195 through FRA-7201 (And O-File)]

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[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE] - [FRA-7195 through FRA-7201 (And O-File)]

[French Children Gret Duke of Edinburgh]

[French Children Gret Duke of Edinburgh]

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[Duke of Edinburgh at SHAPE]

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Photograph of President Harry S. Truman and England's Princess Elizabeth in Limousine

Photograph of President Harry S. Truman and England's Princess Elizabe...

Caption: After arriving at Washington National Airport's Military Air Transport Service Terminal, England's Princess Elizabeth (left) joins President Harry S. Truman in the Chief Executive's limousine for her r... More

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Bid Farewell to Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Bid Farewe...

In this photograph President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy bid farewell to Prince Ranier III and Princess Grace of Monaco (actress Grace Kelly) following a luncheon in their honor. United Pr... More

Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden listen attentively as Donner Associate Director Jim Born, right describes treatment of acromegaly patients. Director Edwin McMillan, second from right. Photo taken in the medical cave of the 184-inch cyclotron on November 6, 1965. Morgue 1965-38 (P-2) [Photographer: Donald Cooksey]

Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden listen attentively as Donner Associ...

Photographs Documenting Scientists, Special Events, and Nuclear Research Facilities, Instruments, and Projects at the Berkeley Lab

Princess Margaret's visit tothe Radiation Laboratory with Edwin McMillan (center), taken November 6,1965. Morgue 1965-38 (P-6) [Photographer: Donald Cooksey]

Princess Margaret's visit tothe Radiation Laboratory with Edwin McMill...

Photographs Documenting Scientists, Special Events, and Nuclear Research Facilities, Instruments, and Projects at the Berkeley Lab

Britain's Princess Margaret and her husband, Lord Snowdon in their limousine as it pulls up to the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory's 184-inch cyclotron. Photo taken November 6, 1965. Morgue 1965-38 (P-30) [Photographer: Donald Cooksey]

Britain's Princess Margaret and her husband, Lord Snowdon in their lim...

Photographs Documenting Scientists, Special Events, and Nuclear Research Facilities, Instruments, and Projects at the Berkeley Lab

Director Edwin McMillan and his wife, Elise greet Princess Margaret upon her arrival at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. UC Chancellor Roger Heyns is at Margaret's right. Photo taken November 6, 1965. Morgue 1965-38 (P-9) [Photographer: Donald Cooksey]

Director Edwin McMillan and his wife, Elise greet Princess Margaret up...

Photographs Documenting Scientists, Special Events, and Nuclear Research Facilities, Instruments, and Projects at the Berkeley Lab

Princess Margaret's visit to the Radiation Laboratory, exiting the Bevatron with Edwin McMillan on right, taken November 6,1965. Morgue 1965-38 (P-13) [Photographer: Donald Cooksey]

Princess Margaret's visit to the Radiation Laboratory, exiting the Bev...

Photographs Documenting Scientists, Special Events, and Nuclear Research Facilities, Instruments, and Projects at the Berkeley Lab

Princess Margaret's visit tothe Radiation Laboratory with Emilio Segre (left) and Edwin McMillan (center), taken November 6,1965. Morgue 1965-38 (P-11) [Photographer: Donald Cooksey]

Princess Margaret's visit tothe Radiation Laboratory with Emilio Segre...

Photographs Documenting Scientists, Special Events, and Nuclear Research Facilities, Instruments, and Projects at the Berkeley Lab

Photograph of Princess Margaret at Caltech

Photograph of Princess Margaret at Caltech

Caption: Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, (foreground, second from left) with Lee A. DuBridge, President of the California Institute of Technology, (foreground, s... More

First Lady Betty Ford, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco at the Operation Sail Event aboard the USS Forrestal (CV-59)

First Lady Betty Ford, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco...

Caption: 1976, July 4 – USS Forrestal (CV-59) – Flight Deck – New York Harbor, New York City, NY – Betty Ford, Princess Grace (Kelly), Prince Rainier III (Grimaldi); Others – standing, talking – 4th of July Bic... More

Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, and his daughter, Princess Farah, wave goodbye prior to boarding an aircraft after a visit to the United States

Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, and his daughter, Princess Farah,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Denham, USAF Release Status: Rel... More

Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, and his daughter, Princess Farah, prepare to depart after a visit to the United States

Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, and his daughter, Princess Farah,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Denham, USAF Release Status: Rel... More

Princess Paola of Belgium, shaking hands, is welcomed to the United States upon her arrival for a visit

Princess Paola of Belgium, shaking hands, is welcomed to the United St...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to P... More

Princess Paola of Belgium is welcomed upon her arrival to the United States for a visit

Princess Paola of Belgium is welcomed upon her arrival to the United S...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to P... More

Princess Paola of Belgium, shaking hands, is welcomed to the United States upon her arrival for a visit

Princess Paola of Belgium, shaking hands, is welcomed to the United St...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to P... More

SGT Terance Johnson and his dog "Duke", of the 16th Military Police Brigade, at the Military Working Dog Facility. (Substandard image)

SGT Terance Johnson and his dog "Duke", of the 16th Military Police Br...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Bragg State: North Carolina (NC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: George Bean Release Status: Released to Pub... More

Artwork: "The Duke of Wellingtons, the 337th and the Paesans", Torrente Sillaro, Italy, wash, 11" X 12-3/4". Artist: William V. Caldwell. Catalog Number: D.15.18.46. US Army Art Collection

Artwork: "The Duke of Wellingtons, the 337th and the Paesans", Torrent...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

World leaders, including President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth of England, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Olav of Norway, King Baudouin of Belgium, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and French President Francois Mitterrand attend a ceremony at Omaha Beach commemorating the 40th anniversary of D-day, the invasion of Europe

World leaders, including President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Queen Eliza...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: SPC 5 George Izer Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

World leaders, including President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth of England, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Olav of Norway, King Baudouin of Belgium, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and French President Francois Mitterrand attend  a ceremony at Omaha Beach commemorating the 40th anniversary of D-day, the invasion of Europe

World leaders, including President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Queen Eliza...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: SPC 5 George Izer Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Crew members aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63) give a cheer to honor Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as he passes by aboard the Australian oceanographic and survey ship HMAS COOK (A 219). The battleship is stopping over in Sydney during a cruise around the world

Crew members aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63) give a cheer t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Sydney State: New South Wales Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Paul T. Erickson Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... More

Crowned Price Akihito and Princess Michiko of Japan disembark from their plane upon arrival for a state visit

Crowned Price Akihito and Princess Michiko of Japan disembark from the...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Gerald B. Johnson Release Status:... More

The Duke of York, a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, greets CAPT Brent M. Bennitt on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). Bennitt, commanding officer of the NIMITZ, is escorting the duke and duchess on a general orientation tour of the ship. The duchess is just behind the duke.SUBSTANDARD IMAGE

The Duke of York, a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, greets CAPT Brent M....

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Pacific Ocean(POC) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Mullen Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

CAPT Brent M. Bennitt, commanding officer of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), talks with the Duke of York as they walk across the ship's flight deck. The Duke and Duchesss of York are visiting the NIMITZ for a general orientation tour of the ship. The Duchess and VADM John H. Fetterman, commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, are on the left

CAPT Brent M. Bennitt, commanding officer of the nuclear-powered aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Pacific Ocean(POC) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A girl in the reception line presents flowers to England's Queen Elizabeth II following the monarch's arrival on base. The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, have arrived for a royal visit

A girl in the reception line presents flowers to England's Queen Eliza...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Bergstrom Air Force Base State: Texas(TX) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Charles W. Diggs Jr. Release Status... More

A British Airways Concorde supersonic transport aircraft taxis to a stop upon arrival on base. The plane is carrying England's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who are arriving for a royal visit

A British Airways Concorde supersonic transport aircraft taxis to a st...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Bergstrom Air Force Base State: Texas(TX) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Charles W. Diggs Jr. Release Status... More

A member of the reception line greets England's Queen Elizabeth II following the monarch's arrival on base. The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, have arrived for a royal visit

A member of the reception line greets England's Queen Elizabeth II fol...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Bergstrom Air Force Base State: Texas(TX) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Jerry Wilson Release Status: Release... More

England's Queen Elizabeth II and her husbaand, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, disembark from a British Airways Concorde supersonic transport aircraft upon their arrival for a royal visit

England's Queen Elizabeth II and her husbaand, Prince Philip, Duke of ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Bergstrom Air Force Base State: Texas(TX) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Jerry Wilson Release Status: Release... More

A crowd gathers to greet England's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, upon their arrival for a royal visit

A crowd gathers to greet England's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Bergstrom Air Force Base State: Texas(TX) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Jerry Wilson Release Status: Release... More

A sign welcomes England's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, upon their arrival on base for a royal visit

A sign welcomes England's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince P...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Bergstrom Air Force Base State: Texas(TX) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Jerry Wilson Release Status: Release... More

Daniel Clark from White Sands Missile Range and W. A. Duke of Interstate Electronic Corporation, California, check for the correct parameters for the Global Positioning Pods on the F-15 Eagle. Mr. Clark and Mr. Duke are deployed to Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, in support of ROVING SANDS 97. ROVING SANDS is a multinational effort and is the largest military exercise on United States soil that allows training in a joint environment to hone command and control procedures and integrate new systems in Theater and Air Missile Defense

Daniel Clark from White Sands Missile Range and W. A. Duke of Intersta...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ROVING SANDS Base: Cannon Air Force Base State: New Mexico (NM) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operato... More

Former US President George Herbert Walker Bush speaks during the Rededication Ceremony for the American Air Museum at Royal Air Force (RAF) Duxford, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK). Seated far right is His Royal Highness, Edward, Duke of Kent

Former US President George Herbert Walker Bush speaks during the Reded...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Duxford State: Cambridgeshire Country: United Kingdom (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Andrew E. Lynch, USAF Release Status: Released to Public... More

Former US President George Herbert Walker Bush, speaks during the Rededication Ceremony for the American Air Museum at Royal Air Force (RAF) Duxford, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK). Seated to the right of Mr. Bush is His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales and seated to the far left is His Royal Highness, Edward, Duke of Kent

Former US President George Herbert Walker Bush, speaks during the Rede...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Duxford State: Cambridgeshire Country: United Kingdom (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Andrew E. Lynch, USAF Release Status: Released to Public... More

His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales speaks during the Rededication Ceremony for the American Air Museum at Royal Air Force (RAF) Duxford, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK). Seated far right is His Royal Highness, Edward, Duke of Kent

His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales speaks during the Rededic...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Duxford State: Cambridgeshire Country: United Kingdom (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Andrew E. Lynch, USAF Release Status: Released to Public... More

New Iraqi Army (NIA) Soldiers and a British Army Soldier assigned to the Air Reaction Force (ARF) from the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (DWR), brace against the prop wash of an approaching helicopter at a landing zone site at the Basra Airport, in Basra, Iraq. NIA Soldier and DWR Soldiers are assisting with security for the upcoming historical National elections

New Iraqi Army (NIA) Soldiers and a British Army Soldier assigned to t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM Base: Basrah Airport Country: Northern Iraq Scene Camera Operator: SSG Christopher J. Crawford, USA Release St... More

New Iraqi Army (NIA) Soldiers and a British Army Soldier assigned to the Air Reaction Force (ARF) from the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (DWR), file aboard a helicopter at a landing zone site at the Basra Airport, in Basra, Iraq. NIA Soldier and DWR Soldiers are assisting with security for the upcoming historical National elections. (SUBSTANDARD)

New Iraqi Army (NIA) Soldiers and a British Army Soldier assigned to t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM Base: Basrah Airport Country: Northern Iraq Scene Camera Operator: SSG Christopher J. Crawford, USA Release St... More

U.S. Air Force COL. Mary Kay Hertog (second from left), Commander of the 37th Training Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, along with several hundred members of the Lackland AFB community, participate during the"Take Back the Night Walk"at Lackland AFB on April 2, 2005. The event was held to support victims of sexual abuse. (PHOTO by Alan Boedeker, CIV) (Released)

U.S. Air Force COL. Mary Kay Hertog (second from left), Commander of t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Lackland Air Force Base State: Texas (TX) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Alan Boedeker, CIV Release Status: Rele... More

Portrait of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush in the State Dining Room

Portrait of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush in the State ...

In this photograph President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush pose for a photo in the State Dining Room prior to welcoming Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edin... More

President George W. Bush Toasts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain during a State Dinner

President George W. Bush Toasts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Grea...

Original caption: President George W. Bush and guests toasts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain following welcoming remarks Monday, May 7, 2007, during the State Dinner in her honor at the White Ho... More

President George W. Bush Toasts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain following Welcoming Remarks

President George W. Bush Toasts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Grea...

Original caption: President George W. Bush toasts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain following welcoming remarks Monday, May 7, 2007, during the State Dinner in her honor at the White House. Photo... More

A Table Setting for the State Dinner in Honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain

A Table Setting for the State Dinner in Honor of Her Majesty Queen Eli...

This photograph depicts a table setting for the State Dinner in Honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in the State Dining Room of ... More

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush Welcome Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to the White House

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush Welcome Her Majesty Queen...

In this photograph President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush welcome Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh upon their arrival to the North Portico of the ... More

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush Escort Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, from the Grand Staircase

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush Escort Her Majesty Queen ...

Photographs Related to the George W. Bush Administration

President George W. Bush and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain Greet a Group of Children

President George W. Bush and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great B...

Original caption: President George W. Bush and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain stop to meet a group of children offering flowers Monday, May 7, 2007, during their walk from the White House to Bl... More

Princess Anne, Md., Nov. 4, 2012 -- (from left) John Reginaldi, regional administrator with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Butch Loper, public assistance with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, and John Albert Evans, department director of the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency, at the EOC in the Somerset County Office Complex in Princess Anne, MD, as they follow areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Frank Niemeir/FEMA

Princess Anne, Md., Nov. 4, 2012 -- (from left) John Reginaldi, region...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2012-11-04 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Frank Niemeir City/State: Princess Anne, MD Keywords: Hurricane Sandy FEMA Princess Anne MD Somerset County... More

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