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Obama toasts Queen Elizabeth

Emma Alberici reported this story on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 08:06:00

PETER CAVE: Barack Obama has begun his two-day visit to Britain. It's only the second time in her
59-year reign that the Queen has hosted a US president.

As Europe correspondent Emma Alberici reports, day one has been full of pomp and ceremony and
politics will come later.

EMMA ALBERICI: The day didn't quite go to plan - the Obama's chose to arrive early from Dublin to
avoid the volcanic ash cloud.

(Sound of a gun firing)

A 41-gun salute and an inspection of the Royal Guard of Honour followed a quick photo call with the
newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - their first official royal duty as husband and wife.

The Queen hosted a lunch for the Obama's at Buckingham Palace where they'll have a two night sleep
over in the Belgian suite. It was last used as the honeymoon suite for Prince William and his

At a state banquet for the Obama's, the Queen spoke about all aspects of what is constantly
referred to in the UK as a "special relationship".

QUEEN ELIZABETH: Over the years we have enjoyed some of America's most spectacular musical
productions and any number of what we call films which you might prefer to call movies.

EMMA ALBERICI: Watching on were American actors Kevin Spacey and Tom Hanks, director Tim Burton and
his wife Helena Bonham Carter who played the Queen Mother in The Kings Speech.

In reply, Barack Obama spoke for just three minutes. Late in the day, the bookies shortened the
odds on the President quoting Winston Churchill - they were right.

BARACK OBAMA: Our alliance is a commitment that speaks to who we are. As Winston Churchill said on
a visit to the United States, above all among the English speaking peoples, there must be the union
of hearts based upon convictions and common ideals.

EMMA ALBERICI: Earlier the President and Prime Minister David Cameron published a joint opinion
piece in The Times. They suggested that they wanted to fashion their relationship on that between
President Reagan and Mrs Thatcher - a partnership that proved in their words a vital catalyst for

BARACK OBAMA: As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I am particularly grateful for the
solidarity that the United Kingdom has shown to America over the past decade.

EMMA ALBERICI: The Queen didn't seem to mind when the President made a diplomatic faux pas.

BARACK OBAMA: To Her Majesty, the Queen - for the vitality of the special relationship between our

(Sound of the British national anthem)

EMMA ALBERICI: He lifted his glass to toast his host during the British national anthem.

There were broad smiles all round perhaps when they get down to the real work tomorrow there might
be a few awkward moments as David Cameron attempts to gain the President's support for the second
phase of the European-led operation in Libya.

This is Emma Alberici in London for AM.