Michelle reminds Britain why she's the first lady of cool
Since Michelle Obama
captured the public imagination during her husband's presidential campaign, other powerful personalities - such as Lady Gaga
and the Duchess of Cambridge
- have come along.
Yet, the US first lady continues to fascinate us as the ultimate icon for the modern woman.
Wednesday was a case in point when she sashayed between serving up chow
at a barbecue for military families,hugging schoolgirls
and mingling with royalty - all the while looking utterly at ease and delighted to be in each setting.
Michelle radiated her characteristic warmth as she welcomed the Queen
to a gala thanking her for Tuesday's glittering banquet
at Buckingham Palace.
In an off the shoulder Ralph Lauren
column dress that made the most of her statuesque, gym-honed figure, she looked stunning too.
Her royal guest, meanwhile, cut a typically regal figure, in an evening gown that shimmered with gold and silver sequins.
An unusual knotted diamond necklace, featuring emerald drop pendants and matching earrings, topped off the dazzling effect.
Inside, lavish entertainment awaited than 50 guests, including actors Tom Hanks
and Colin Firth
, David Beckham
and author JK Rowling.
America's first couple waiting to welcome the Queen to Winfield House, the residence of the US ambassador
Her Majesty may have been driven in typical splendour, but she has come to regard the Obamas with the affection normally accorded to family friends
Warmth as well as the 'wow' factor characterised the atmosphere at the second banquet of the state visit
The two ladies had on impressive ice for the black tie affair
At Tuesday's banquet in Buckingham Palace the US leader told the Queen that his children adore her
He invites the Queen to sign the visitor's book
The Obamas said goodbye to the monarch and her husband on Wednesday as the following day the president was due in France, while Michelle returned home separately
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