May 24 - Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prince William welcome U.S. President Barack Obama to London as he begins his three-day state visit. Simon Hanna reports.
Hundreds of spectators line the streets outside Buckingham Palace, waiting to catch a glimpse of the U.S. president. Barack Obama's motorcade swept into the Queen's London home on Tuesday amid tight security, as the President's three-day state visit to Britain kicked off. The American leader and First Lady Michelle were greeted at the palace by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Obama's visit comes at a time of close co-operation between the U.S. and Britain on a variety of issues such as Libya, counter terrorism and the Middle East. Despite this, it is only the third visit by a U.S. president to the UK in 100 years. Obama has a busy round of political talks and meetings during his stay, and has already also met Prince Charles, and the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Simon Hanna, Reuters.