Even though this state visit has captured the largest headlines of all, the Obamas have hobnobbed with royalty quite frequently. Surprisingly frequently, I'd say, given the very few state visits they have participated in to date.
Of course, meetings with royalty from the Middle East have been frequent. Not only do monarchies there tend to have greater power than their European counterparts, the United States has great interests in the region.
Sheikha Mozah of Qatar! (Though, dare I say it, not on her finest fashion day?)
The President met Japan's Emperor Akihitio and Empress Michiko, causing a snit in the U.S. over the depth of his bow in the process. Same thing happened when he met the King of Saudi Arabia.
The Nobel Peace Prize brought him to Norway for a meeting with the King Harald and the whole crew.
Campaigning for Chicago for the 2016 Olympic Games took them to Denmark, to hang out with Margrethe and Henrik...
The First Lady took a private vacation to Spain with one of her daughters (no, I don't know which one is which), during which she met Juan Carlos, Sofia, and Letizia.
A few royals have stopped to visit the Obamas during trips to the States, including Máxima and Willem-Alexander.
Queen Silvia dropped by the White House too, during one of her trips for her World Childhood Foundation.
And now we're back to Britain. The Queen and Prince Philip have met them before, as have Charles and Camilla. Michelle drew criticism from Oscar de la Renta by wearing a cardigan to Buckingham Palace (inappropriate! too casual!) - but he doesn't seem to approve of her mode of dressing at any time. (Though in this instance, I must agree. Much smarter during this visit.)
Anyways, on to the state visit at hand. Can I tell you something? I found the whole thing rather snooze-worthy.
funky moment for the year, and now she's done.) Camilla: same old thing we've seen a bazillion times.
With the royals snoozing it up, it's on to the political ladies:
Click to enlarge, as always.I don't always love what Michelle Obama wears, but I love that she's not afraid of color, and she's not stuck in that Stepford wife political mode.
The same things can apply to Samantha Cameron, I guess, but...
What did you make of the latest state visit? And who wins the fashion stakes when it comes to meeting the Obamas?
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