Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 05/24/2011

Obama meets with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate (photos and video)


The Obamas with the queen and Prince Philip during the arrival ceremony at Buckingham Palace. (Charles Dharapak - AP)

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were greeted by Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and other members of Britain's royal family at Buckingham Palace Tuesday, as they began their two-day state visit.

From the Post’s Scott Wilson in London:

America’s first couple walked up the red carpet to the palace door, where the queen, her ubiquitous handbag in the crook of her arm, greeted them with a handshake and smile. Prince Philip stood by her side.

After their private meeting, the couples emerged onto a palace terrace where a military band played the national anthems. Cannons sounded a 41-gun salute, and Obama, alongside Prince Philip, inspected the ranks of the Scots Guards, guided by their commander, Rory Shannon.

President and Mrs. Obama also met with Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who recently returned from their honeymoon. The Obamas will reportedly be staying in the same suite that the royal newlyweds occupied on their wedding night.

See video and photos from the visit below:

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie are quite amused by a silly detail about the president and first lady’s lodgings.

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For those interested in fashion, the duchess wore a Reiss brand dress, which retails for $285, while the first lady donned a gray print dress by Barbara Tfank, according to the New York Times.


The Obamas with Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace, above and below. (Charles Dharapak - AP)


(Charles Dharapak - AP)

President and Michelle Obama with Prince Charles and wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, at Winfield House in London. (Charles Dharapak)

A bonus photo of the Obamas in Moneygall, Ireland, on Monday.
The Obamas raise glasses of Guinness as they toast with local residents in Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland, the ancestral homeland of the president’s great-great-great grandfather. (Charles Dharapak - AP)

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