May 24 - Obama begins two-day state visit aimed at ensuring U.S. and Britain keep the ''special'' in their relationship. Jane Ross reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama was treated to royal pomp at Buckingham Palace on a two-day state visit aimed at ensuring the United States and Britain keep the "special" in their relationship. After an elaborate arrival ceremony, Obama and his wife Michelle were given a tour of the palace portrait gallery by Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip. After laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, Obama spent part of the afternoon playing ping pong with British Prime Minister David Cameron and local high school students. Obama and Cameron are expected to announce the formation of a U.S.-British national security council to work together on international challenges and share intelligence. Jane Ross, Reuters