Lunch date

Back to work after her 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II hosts a visit from the Obamas

On Friday, just one day after Queen Elizabeth II extensively celebrated her 90th birthday, she received some high-profile visitors from the U.S. for lunch: President Obama, accompanied by First Lady Michelle, arriving by helicopter at the Windsor Castle lawn just after noon. It is the ceremonial start of the Obama’s two-day visit to Britain, where a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron and a town-hall meeting with young people are also on the program, as well as a dinner with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. This visit marks the third time that the Queen received President Obama. In 2011, the Obamas stayed at Buckingham Palace during a state visit, and on President Obama’s first visit in 2009, he made headlines in the British press for lightly embracing the Queen — a rare break with protocol — and gifting her an iPod. Keeping it somewhat more traditional this time (we were kind of hoping the Obamas bought the Queen a  hoverboard this time), they gifted her a personalized book containing photos of her many meetings with American Presidents and First Ladies over the years. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch ever, met all but one of the last 12 U.S. Presidents — with Lyndon B. Johnson being the exception.

Read the full story at the New York Times.

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