the Sovereign's Entrance at Windsor Castle to witness the arrival of President Obama, the First Lady, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. At 12:44 pm BST, as trumpets sounded in the distance, a modest blue Range Rover carrying the two heads of state pulled in from the path around Windsor Castle's meticulously landscaped quadrangle under an overhang at the entrance. President Obama, stepped out from the front left seat first, buttoned his suit coat and then waited outside for the Queen, who was seated behind him. After her door opened the president first appeared to move toward her to help her out but she stepped out on her own. It appeared after she safely exited the car that she said something to the president about how she often has trouble stepping down from that car. The Queen was wearing a sky blue coat and dress. As President Obama walked with the Queen to his right toward the two steps into the castle, the First Lady, dressed in a purple overcoat, walked around the back of the car and waited for the Duke, in a tan trenchcoat, to make his way around the front.
After a brilliant and warm Wednesday and surprisingly partly sunny Thursday, the Queen's 90th birthday, the weather in Windsor was a more typical overcast, with occasional sprinkles. As the pre-set pool walked to the Sovereign's Entrance there were several helicopters hovering in the distance past the castle's famous Round Tower, which was flying the Royal Standard of course to mark the presence of the Queen. From poolers vantage point Facing the tower, The Royal Guardsmen were positioned facing the left wall of the Quadrangle in front of the right wall in the center of the square. We positioned under the entranceway just moments before the distinguished couples' arrival. It took the Range Rover two tries to successfully make the somewhat hard right turn into the entranceway before it came to a stop and the passengers got out. After the four made their way in for lunch the pool walked back out at the edge of the Quad toward our rather nice hold. As we did so POTUS motorcade was arriving, including the Beast adorned by the Stars and Stripes and Union Jack flags. A note on the apparent presidential birthday gift for Her Majesty: Prior to POTUS' arrival during security sweeps at the Royal Farm (near the Royal Dairy, naturally) your pooler spotted what appeared to be the First Couple's gift to Her Majesty, a square two- or three-inch thick rectangular box wrapped in gold paper embossed with the presidential seal. Attached to the lower right corner was a small white envelope with the words "White House" in the upper left corner, addressed to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, written in script. Our hosts share the following info: Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will hold a private lunch for the President and First Lady of the United States in Windsor Castle on Friday 22nd April. The lunch will be held in the private dining room. President and Mrs Obama have been received by The Queen on these previous occasions: 24-26 May 2011 President and Mrs Obama paid a State Visit to the United Kingdom, staying in Buckingham Palace. 1st April 2009 A Private Audience in Buckingham Palace (immediately prior to The Queen hosting G20 in Buckingham Palace). Other occasions when Presidents of the United States have been received by The Queen at Windsor Castle in recent times: 1. President and Mrs George W. Bush (Windsor 2008) 2. President and Mrs Reagan (Windsor 1982) The Queen has met eleven out of twelve serving US Presidents during Her Majesty's Reign (President Johnson being the only one not being met by The Queen)
On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama presented Her Majesty with a custom photo album chronicling her visits with U.S. Presidents and First Ladies. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history. The collection of historical photos in the album highlights the enduring close ?friendship between the United States and the United Kingdom. Her Majesty's first visit to the United States was in 1951 as Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, when she toured George Washington's historic Mount Vernon Estate and met with President Harry S. Truman. Since that first visit, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has met with nearly every U.S. President. Her first visit to the United States as Queen occurred in 1957, during which she met with both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and former President Herbert Hoover.