Queen 'broke protocol for Barack Obama' reveals expert
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Although Her Majesty hosted former US president Barack Obama in May 2011, the UK’s former chancellor of the exchequer has shared a hilarious excuse the monarch told him in order to leave the banquet early. Barack Obama, 60, and his wife Michelle Obama were the guests of honour at a state banquet held in Buckingham Palace in May 2011 when George Osborne was chancellor.
Speaking to Lord Ed Vaizey, former Tory member of Parliament and minister, the former chancellor revealed the 95-year-old monarch wanted to excuse herself from the banquet to go to sleep.
The former president’s three-day state visit, which included the banquet with Her Majesty and a meeting with the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to the UK was only the third by a US president to the country in 100 years.
Speaking during the event hosted by the Old Pauline Club, an association for alumni of St. Paul’s School, he said: “I was at a banquet — the state banquet in Britain for Barack Obama.
“And the Queen came up to me and said: ‘Will you tell the president it’s late and I want to go to bed.’
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“And I looked over at — Barack Obama was having a great time, kind of knocking back vodka martinis with his mates.
“And I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m going to be the person that has to go and tell him to go home.’”
However, earlier during the night the royal mother of four made a touching speech in honour of her guest and toasted the UK’s “special relationship” with the US.
She said: “Your visit to this country inevitably reminds us of our shared history, our common language, and our strong intellectual and cultural links.
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“It also reminds us that your country twice came to the rescue of the free and democratic world when it was facing military disaster.
“On each occasion, after the end of those destructive wars, the generosity of the United States made a massive contribution to our economic recovery.
“Today the United States remains our most important ally and our two nations contribute to the security and prosperity of our peoples, and of the world, through shared national interests.”
She stated when the two countries stand together “our people and other people of goodwill around the world will be more secure and can become more prosperous”.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we are here to celebrate the tried, tested and – yes – special relationship between our two countries.”
The 44th US president visited the UK again in 2011 and 2016 but these were not state visits and no banquets were held.
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