U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle arrive for a casual dinner with Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry at London’s Kensington Palace. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Young royals greet Obamas in London
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STORY: The young British Royals, Prince William, his wife Kate, and Prince Harry greeted U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at London’s Kensington Palace on Friday (April 22).
The Obamas had already had a private lunch with Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip at Windsor Castle earlier in the day. Now it was to be dinner with the younger members of the Royal family.
Elizabeth, the oldest monarch in British history who has met 11 U.S. presidents, marked the milestone of reaching 90 with a walkabout on Thursday in Windsor where she met thousands of well-wishers.
Obama said he had passed on his own personal congratulations and presented the queen with a photo album chronicling her visits to the United States and previous presidential meetings, beginning in 1951 when she met President Harry Truman.
“Should we be fortunate enough to reach 90, may we be as vibrant as she is,” Obama said. “She is an astonishing person and a real jewel to the world and not just the United Kingdom.”
Thursday’s lunch was Obama’s third opportunity to meet the queen after a state visit with his wife in 2011, when they stayed at Buckingham Palace, and a private audience in 2009.