Friday, 22 April 2016

The Royal Family welcome the Obamas

Lunch in a castle, dinner in a palace, just your average afternoon out. As US President, Barack Obama, and his wife, Michelle, spent the day in England they had plenty of royal company. From a belated birthday celebration with the Queen in Windsor to a rainy meal with William, Kate and Harry in Kensington this has been a very regal day all round for the President and First Lady of the United States of America.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry welcome the President and First Lady of the United States of America to Kensington Palace

It all began at Windsor Castle where the sunshine of the Queen's birthday had been replaced by grey skies but that hadn't dampened the celebrations. Elizabeth II and Prince Philip headed out, by car, to meet the Obamas as they landed by helicopter.

Then it was inside to the Oak Room where they posed for photographs and the US President handed over a present for the birthday Queen - a photo book of all of the visits Elizabeth II has made to America.

There was a private lunch for the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and their guests.

The evening was all about the bright lights of London but the grey skies gave way to rain. As Barack and Michelle Obama arrived at Kensington Palace, there were umbrellas which disappeared quickly for a formal photo before everyone headed inside.

There was a meeting with Prince George (see the photos here) and then the royal hosts and their visitors chatted in a rather cosy looking front room with the rocking horse given to George by the Obamas as a first birthday present in the corner - always good to let people know their presents are being used.

And then it was time for another private meal. The royals and their guests have met several times before so these encounters were relaxed. From lunch in a castle to dinner in a palace, this was a right royal day all round.

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