British Royals Greet Obamas With 41-Gun Salute - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

British Royals Greet Obamas With 41-Gun Salute

LONDON - President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama were welcomed to Buckingham Palace in grand royal style Tuesday by Queen Elizabeth II as they began their official state visit to Britain, a rare honor for a U.S. president.

The queen and her husband Prince Philip greeted the Obamas on a sunny, windy afternoon in London. Following a private tour of the palace, the two couples emerged on the ceremonial steps of the West Terrace for a 41-gun salute.

The queen, dressed in a powder blue suit and matching hat, stood with the president, as ranks of Scots Guards in red jackets and tall hats played the Star-Spangled Banner in honor of the American president and his wife.

A longer 62-gun salute at the Tower of London could be heard throughout the city, heralding the Obamas' arrival. >>>CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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