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Old 04-01-2009, 09:14 AM
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The Queen, the Obamas and the G20 Summit, April 2009

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd shakes hands with Britain's
Queen Elizabeth during a private audience at Buckingham Palace
in London April 1, 2009.

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:19 AM
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Hi Iceflower,

Your second picture is actually of The Queen and Canadian Prime Minister, Steven Harper...

Both Prime Ministers do look the same tough, don't they?

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Old 04-01-2009, 12:52 PM
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There is a resemblance--grey hair, dark suit. Mr. Harper looks HUGE! He must be closer to the camera.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:47 PM
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This afternoon, The Queen and the DOE met the President of the United States and First Lady Michelle Obama in her majesty's audience room at Buck House:

Getty Images - US President Barack Obama (L) and his wi

Getty Images - US President Barack Obama (L) and his wi

Getty Images - US President Barack Obama (L) and his wi
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Hi,

Prime Minister Harper is a large man; he is 6 feet and rather overweight....

Both Prime Ministers - Australia & Canada - and their wives had lunch with The Queen; while the Obama's only had tea with HM & the Duke...

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh both look small and rather frail. I was quite surprised, but they are both in their eighties...

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I agree, Vecchiolarry, the Queen and the Duke are looking quite small and frail, but they look still look good; and what an exciting honor for the Obamas!
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Presidential Gift Fit for a Queen? An iPod - ABC News
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President Obama took time out from a hectic day of nuclear breakthroughs and arranging geopoltiical summits with Russia and China to visit the queen in Buckingham Palace -- and to give her an iPod.
In a day laced with diplomatic minefields, Obama also had to confront this one: What do you get for a woman who has everything?
The presidential anwer was an iPod. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited the queen at the palace this evening and presented her with a gift of a video iPod with an inscription on it and songs pre-loaded. The Obamas also gave the queen a rare musical songbook signed by American composer Richard Rodgers. ...
At the very least, an iPod is a purely American invention. What else can they present?
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The Obama's meet the Windsors:
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:52 PM
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At the very least, an iPod is a purely American invention. What else can they present?
Bah it's better than the collection of DVD's presented to Gordon Brown some weeks ago...
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Given the harsh media reports, the White House put an extra thought into a present. An iPod is the best they can come up with. Unlike DVDs, an iPod will work fine in the UK without any special equipment.
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At the very least, an iPod is a purely American invention. What else can they present?
The iPod is also said to be loaded with video of the Queen from her visit to the US in 2007.
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The Queen Hosts A Reception For Deligates Of The London Summit - Pictures - Zimbio

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President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II on April 1, 2009 in London, England.
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President Barack Obama revealed the things he likes about Britain just hours into his first official visit to the UK and top of his list was the Queen

G20 summit: Barack Obama reveals admiration for the Queen - Telegraph
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He's already proved himself to be a towering figure in world politics.
But when he met the Queen for the first time today Barak Obama and his wife Michelle - who is almost six foot tall in her stockinged feet - positively dwarfed the diminutive monarch.

When Barack met Elizabeth: The First Families of Britain and America meet for a nice cup of tea | Mail Online
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It had to happen. When President Obama and wife Michelle met the Queen at Buckingham Palace, a Prince Philip gaffe was inevitable.

Philip's Cameron Gaffe | queen | barack_obama | jon_craig | Boulton & Co. | Sky News Blogs
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Obama jokes with Queen about jet lag
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The iPod is also said to be loaded with video of the Queen from her visit to the US in 2007.
The press is also reporting that President Obama gave The Queen a rare signed copy of a Richard Rodgers songbook. I remember reading in a biography that The Queen and The Duke went to see Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals back in the '50s, so it seems someone has done their homework about her musical preferences...
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It seems that the Obamas made a good impression on the Queen. If you watch the BBC clip there's a lovely moment at around 0.22secs.

BBC NEWS | UK | Queen greets G20 leaders
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It seems that the Obamas made a good impression on the Queen. If you watch the BBC clip there's a lovely moment at around 0.22secs.

BBC NEWS | UK | Queen greets G20 leaders
You are quite right tommy. It's when the Queen and First Lady Michelle had a photo taken together. It's quite rare as i think protocol always stays on first for HM, and never seen HM had a photo taken where HM put a hand over someone's back just as normal like everyone of us. As the years go on, HM just became a more dear and lovely lady, just like our beloved grandma.
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