The queen’s stern warning to Barack Obama
A royal biographer has claimed the Queen issued a stern warning to former President Barack Obama after a state dinner.
Barack Obama visited the UK on his first state visit in May 2011 with first lady Michelle Obama. They were guests of honor at a state banquet hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Royal author Robert Hardman says what made the occasion “exceptional” was the rapport Obama had – with “a host who could speak with such authority about so many of his predecessors”. “
In an excerpt from his new book, ‘Queen Of Our Times: The Life Of Elizabeth II’ published by Macmillan on March 17, Mr Hardman explains how the night unfolded.
Mr Hardman wrote: ‘Obama had been so amused that the Queen eventually took the Chancellor of the Exchequer aside to ask if he could, very discreetly, let the US President know it was time To lie down.
“’I just said, ‘Yes, madam,’ remembers George Osborne. “I could see Obama with a drink in his hand and I was like, what am I doing?” I couldn’t just interrupt and say, “Oh, the Queen wants you to go to bed.”
“Fortunately he was rescued by the Queen’s private secretary, who kindly pushed the proceedings to a close.”