Obama driven by Britain’s 94 year old Prince Philip

April 22, 2016 7:33 pm
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Britain's Prince Philip drives US President Barack Obama (2L), US First Lady Michelle Obama (2R) and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) into Windsor Castle after the Obamas arrived for a private lunch on April 22, 2016/AFP
Britain’s Prince Philip drives US President Barack Obama (2L), US First Lady Michelle Obama (2R) and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (R) into Windsor Castle after the Obamas arrived for a private lunch on April 22, 2016/AFP

, WINDSOR, Apr 22 – Normally the US Secret Service is pretty strict about President Barack Obama getting in non-armored cars with non-expert drivers, but on Friday they made an exception.

On Obama’s arrival at Windsor Castle, the president and First Lady Michelle Obama code names ‘Renegade’ and ‘Renaissance’ were picked up from their Marine One helicopter by, who was in the driver seat.

Overview
  • Obama and the prince, formally known as the Duke of Edinburgh, got in the front of the Range Rover and the queen and First Lady sat in the back.
  • As a gift, the White House said the Obamas presented the queen with a custom photo album chronicling her visits with US presidents and first ladies.
  • The queen's first visit to the United States was in 1951 before the start of her long reign.

Obama and the prince, formally known as the Duke of Edinburgh, got in the front of the Range Rover and the queen and First Lady sat in the back.

This is Obama’s fifth trip to Britain as president, and aides say he has enjoyed meeting the country’s longest serving monarch who has greeted US presidents since Harry Truman.

The two couples had lunch together at Windsor, the queen’s weekend residence located west of London, to mark her 90th birthday, which was on Thursday.

But the trip also marks what is likely to be Obama’s last presidential visit to Britain and meeting with the queen.

As a gift, the White House said the Obamas presented the queen “with a custom photo album chronicling her visits with US presidents and first ladies”.

“The collection of historical photos in the album highlights the enduring close ‎friendship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” the White House said.

The queen’s first visit to the United States was in 1951 before the start of her long reign.

The only president since Truman that she has not met was Lyndon B. Johnson.

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