First Lady of flamboyance: Michelle Obama's confident off-duty chic on London break


Blackleaf
#1
London is the world's most visited city, with 16 million vistors annually.

Now three of those are Michelle Obama and her two daughters.

Yesterday, the Obamas visited Westminster Abbey, the site where British monarchs have been crowned for centuries.

But America's First Lady looked distinctly unimpressed at the gift she received after paying a secret visit to the Palace of Westminster, where the British parliament is situated.

For she was snapped leaving in an official car with a photo of the Commons' outgoing Speaker Michael Martin, who was forced to quit last month after a no confidence motion was signed by 23 MPs.

Maybe that's revenge for what happened earlier this year.

During the visit to Washington in March, the British Prime Minister gave Mr Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet.

In return, Mr Obama, the leader of the world's richest country, gave Mr Brown a box set of 25 classic American films on DVD (at least one of the movies is actually British) - even though he is not known to be a film buff.

Earlier today, the girls were given a guided tour of Pinewood Studios, were films such as Harry Potter and James Bond are filmed, and movies that many people assume were filmed in America: The Fifth Element, Alien 3, Superman, The Shining, Little Shop of Horrors, Full Metal Jacket and Interview With the Vampire.

Naturally, the Obamas have also discovered the delights of fish and chips.

First Lady of flamboyance: Michelle Obama's confident off-duty chic on London city break

By Daily Mail Reporter
10th June 2009
Daily Mail


Flower power: Michelle Obama leaving Westminster Abbey yesterday


Her taste for restrained elegance has earned her the title of First Lady of Fashion.

But Michelle Obama clearly felt something rather more outlandish was in order for a sightseeing trip in London yesterday.

On a visit to Westminster Abbey she wore a trendy colourful tunic embellished with ribbons and fabric flowers.

Teaming the look with a patterned belt the U.S. First Lady made the most of her narrow waist, while smartly referencing eclectic catwalk looks by British designer Christopher Kane.

Worn with dark slim-fitting trousers she topped it off with not one, but two cardigans.

That decision, however, may have had more to do with the chilly British weather than any fashion statement.

Completing the fashion-forward look were a collection of silver necklaces and some smart black pumps.

Mrs Obama, whose husband had flown home following his official visit to France to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day, has been enjoying a two-day holiday in London with her daughters.

Today the young Obama girls were given a tour of Pinewood Studios, including the set of the final Harry Potter.

As a special treat to mark Sasha's eighth birthday she and her 10-year-old sister Malia, both avid Potter fans, met Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and the other stars of the movie.

They then had a party in the Great Hall on the Harry Potter filmset - along with the cast and drew.

The family had a private tour understood to be conducted by Joshua Berger, an American who heads Warner Brothers UK.

He donated more than $33,000 (£20,456) to various Democrat election funds last year.

Ahead of the visit a source at Pinewood Studios said: 'Itís all been very hush-hush. Only a few people have known about the trip and they are going to pull out all the stops to make sure they have a good time.'


Party time: Michelle Obama and her daughters arrive at the Harry Potter film set today

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Excited: The Obamas celebrated Sasha's eighth birthday with a party with the Harry Potter cast

Last night the girls were treated to a trip to watch The Lion King, at the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End.

Police blocked off the roads surrounding the venue as the presidential cavalcade passed through.

Surprised theatregoers on The Strand watched as the Obamas arrived, with the First Lady smiling at well-wishers from the window of her armoured SUV.

The family sat in a private box overlooking the stage. Sadly, for the Obama girls, security concerns meant they had to leave shortly before the end of the performance - making a discrete exit.

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Theatre trip: The First Lady and her daughters went to see the Lion King in London's West End


Earlier the First Family enjoyed a crash-course in 1,000 years of English history during their hour-long visit to Westminster Abbey.

Fellow sightseers looked on in near open-mouthed amazement as the Obamas 'did' Westminster Abbey.

Taken on a private tour by the Dean of Westminster the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, they were shown Poets' Corner, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, the Coronation Chair and Henry VII's Lady Chapel.


Sightseeing: Malia (wearing pink), ten, and Sasha (in yellow), eight, follow their mother out of Westminster Abbey as Secret Service guards keep a close eye


Happy holiday: Mrs Obama smiling as she left Westminster Abbey yesterday

Americaís First family - minus the President - are enjoying a private, two-day holiday in London.

The family flew to London after Mrs Obama decided her daughters needed a more educational excursion following their shopping spree in Paris on Sunday.

The family received a jubilant welcome in the French capital as crowds swarmed outside Notre Dame cathedral and a restaurant in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

On Monday they went out for an informal meal at a typical London-pub.

Accompanied by bodyguards and secret service agents, Mrs Obama, Malia and Sasha ate at the Audley pub in Mayfair.

Wearing a printed dress with a short-sleeved cardigan and wide belt, Mrs Obama once again proved her fashion credentials.

The group ate in a private upstairs dining room. The children chose the fish supper, costing just £7.95, while their mother plumped for the sirloin steak at £9.15. The bill for the whole group came to £200.


Mrs Obama told staff she had enjoyed the 'food and the atmosphere'.

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Just a normal night down the pub: Mrs Obama can be seen in the window of the armoured SUV on the right as they leave The Audley in London's Mayfair on Monday night


Located just yards from the American Embassy, The Audley pub has probably had its fair share of tourists from across the Atlantic.

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Off-duty chic: a short-sleeved cardigan and wide belt liven up the First Lady's printed dress


But when the American First Lady led her two daughters into the pub, even the normally unflappable staff were left gobsmacked.

Staff told yesterday of their astonishment as Mrs Obama and her daughters traipsed into the bar, accompanied by secret service agents.

Having spent Monday in Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament - they had tea with Sarah Brown but were at least spared meeting Gordon Brown - the Obamas probably felt they had earned a hearty meal.

However, they eschewed the many upmarket restaurants of Mayfair - such as Scott's and Corrigan's - for The Audley's rather less glamorous surroundings.

Before their main course the girls tucked into a hot cheese platter, washed down with Pepsi Cola. Mrs Obama, 45, shared wine with the adult entourage, who ate burgers.

'We had a booking for a table of 15 but we had no idea it was going to be them,' said waitress Cintia Pinto, 24, who served Mrs Obama, adding: 'We were all speechless when they walked in. I couldnít believe it. But they were all very friendly. Smiling and laughing. They made us feel calm.

'The girls were so sweet and polite. They thanked us every time we brought them something. It was a real honour.'

The group arrived at the pub, close to the American embassy in Grosvenor Square, at 7pm and ate in the private upstairs dining room.

Manager John Gohery said: 'It was a real surprise and a pleasure.

Weíve had other famous people coming in, but nothing on this scale.'

The Victorian pub is, according to Time Out, 'a Mayfair institution'.

Awarding it three stars, reviewers noted:'This [pub] has a lot going for it: a splendid, high-ceilinged Victorian interior with the requisite panelling and chandeliers, cask ales, an imaginative wine list and solid pub grub.'

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Silver service: Cinthia Pinto and Adriana Spanova at the table where they served a fish and chip supper to Michelle Obama and her daughters at the Audley Arms on Monday night

Following her unofficial visit to the Houses of Parliament earlier on Monday Michelle Obama left clutching a souvenir.

But America's First Lady looked distinctly unimpressed at the gift she received after paying a secret visit to the Palace of Westminster.

For she was snapped leaving in an official car with a photo of the Commons' outgoing Speaker Michael Martin, who was forced to quit last month after a no confidence motion was signed by 23 MPs.



Star attraction: News of the the Obamas' presence at the pub spread fast, and delighted passers-by could be seen waiting with cameras as the First Lady emerged


It is not the first time gifts received by the Browns and the Obamas have come under the spotlight.

During the visit to Washington in March, the Prime Minister gave Mr Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet.

In return, Mr Obama, the leader of the world's richest country, gave Mr Brown a box set of 25 classic American films on DVD - even though he is not known to be a film buff.

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Surprise guest: Regulars at The Audley were stunned to be joined by Michelle Obama for drinks

During her trip the Presidents wife is also thought to have visited Downing Street for a meeting with Sarah Brown, the Prime Minister's wife.

The pair became close when Gordon Brown became the first Western leader invited to Washington by the Obama administration, and renewed their acquaintance when Britain hosted the G20 summit in April.

The two women demonstrated their down to-earth touch when they visited a cancer care centre in London during the summit.


Bizarre souvenir: Michelle Obama leaves Westminster clutching her Michael Martin photograph

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Walter
#2
Did Michelle Obama's Chief of Staff Help Prop Up the Jussie Smollett Hate Hoax?
https://pjmedia.com/trending/did-mic...ett-hate-hoax/

Yep.
 
Hoid
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

London is the world's most visited city, with 16 million vistors annually.

there is literally nothing you will not lie about

https://www.metro.us/news/local-news...cord-high-2017

An estimated 62.8 million people visited New York City in 2017, de Blasio announced on Tuesday. Thatís an increase of 2.3 million people from 2016 and a new record-breaking number for the eighth year in a row.

Of all those visitors, 49.7 million were traveling from within the United States and 13.1 million visited New York City from other countries.
 
Jinentonix
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

there is literally nothing you will not lie about
https://www.metro.us/news/local-news...cord-high-2017
An estimated 62.8 million people visited New York City in 2017, de Blasio announced on Tuesday. Thatís an increase of 2.3 million people from 2016 and a new record-breaking number for the eighth year in a row.
Of all those visitors, 49.7 million were traveling from within the United States and 13.1 million visited New York City from other countries.

You whining about someone lying is like Trudeau whining sexism. It rings astoundingly hollow.
 
Hoid
#5
Why would anyone even tell that lie?

Its so obviously untrue and ridiculous.
 
Jinentonix
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Why would anyone even tell that lie?
Its so obviously untrue and ridiculous.

What, like your contention that the majority of Canadians don't support a return of the death penalty?

And even you were wrong. According to Forbes, in 2017, for the third year in a row, Bangkok was the most visited city in the world. On top of that, MOST people understand that "the most visited city in the world" refers to international visitors, in which case London still beats out NYC.
London ranked second with Bangkok seeing around 700,000 more visitors than London in 2017. New York ranked 6th.

The fact is, Blackleaf was wrong by around 700,000. An easy mistake considering London was #1 until 2014-15. You were wrong by around 7 million.

Talk about obvious lies.
 
Hoid
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

What, like your contention that the majority of Canadians don't support a return of the death penalty?

And even you were wrong. According to Forbes, in 2017, for the third year in a row, Bangkok was the most visited city in the world. On top of that, MOST people understand that "the most visited city in the world" refers to international visitors, in which case London still beats out NYC.
London ranked second with Bangkok seeing around 700,000 more visitors than London in 2017. New York ranked 6th.

The fact is, Blackleaf was wrong by around 700,000. An easy mistake considering London was #1 until 2014-15. You were wrong by around 7 million.

Talk about obvious lies.

you need to learn how to read or have someone help you out.
 

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