• 'Warm greetings from Sasha and Malia': Mr Obama sends children's love to the Queen

    It was quite a guest list. Day one of the Obamas' trip to Britain drew to a close with a state banquet at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen – featuring several Hollywood stars. Among the 171 guests present were Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks and director Tim Burton and his partner Helena Bonham Carter.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY A long day of public appointments had done nothing to dent the enthusiasm or energy of the high profile guests, who looked thrilled to be at the dinner. Her hair swept into a chic bun, Michelle looked stunning in a Tom Ford gown accessorised with

  • Boosting the special relationship with a cup of tea in Downing Street

    After the pomp and ceremony of Tuesday's welcome, this was one of the more informal moments of the American presidential couple's visit to Britain. Michelle Obama sat down for a chat with Samantha Cameron over afternoon tea in the private residence at Downing Street. And, despite being married to two of the most influential men on the planet and being rather smartly dressed for a simple cup of tea, they could have been friendly neighbours meeting up for some girl talk. The US first lady probably had some admiring comments about the minimalist kitchen, complete with sparkling stainless steel fittings, which was installed specially

  • Another High Street style triumph for Kate

    Now hailed as a role model for young women, the Duchess of Cambridge is clearly making an effort to embody an image that's accessible to those who admire her.  Having worn a simple Zara dress to leave Buckingham Palace the day after her wedding, Kate continues to champion the High Street. The newest member of the royal family was the picture of poise in a 'bandage' dress by Reiss when she met America's first lady Michelle Obama – during the  US state visit to Britain.       CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY Having worn a white dress from Reiss for her official engagement photographs, the chain is clearly a favourite of the

  • Tongs at the ready: Barack Obama and David Cameron bond over the barbecue

    It's an image that epitomises the strength of relations between the US and the UK. Tongs in hand, Barack Obama and David Cameron manned a grill together at a barbecue held in honour of servicemen and women at Number 10 Downing Street. The two world leaders were relaxed and at ease as they served up burgers and sausages to special invitees. Click on photos for gallery  With their sleeves rolled up, they laughed and joked together while greeting guests in the garden of Mr Cameron's residence. It was a moment of light relief for the politicians, who had spent the morning holding in-depth talks on issues