Obama to make official visit to UK

President Barack Obama

US president Barack Obama is to make a state visit to the UK in May after accepting an invitation from the Queen, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Mr Obama will be joined by his wife Michelle for the three-day trip, which comes ahead of the G8 summit of world leaders in France which the American politician is expected to attend.

The announcement of the visit, from May 24 to 26, was made simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic by the Palace and the White House.

Downing Street said: “We are very pleased that this visit is taking place. It is a sign of the strong and enduring relationship between our two countries.”

It will be the first state visit by a US leader since George Bush came to the UK in November 2003, although Mr Bush was later hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle in 2008.

Mr Obama has previously been to London for the G20 summit in 2009.

The US leader is likely to bring a delegation with him and is expected to hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron on a range of issues.

As is traditional with state visits, the President and his wife, who will stay at Buckingham Palace, will receive a full ceremonial welcome and a banquet will be held in his honour.

The visit comes too late for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding on April 29, although a guest list for the ceremony has yet to be released.
Source: Press Association

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