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Michelle Obama makes friends with Queen

IF Michelle Obama ever needs a place to stay in London, she could do worse than call on Queen Elizabeth.

The two women met at the G20 summit in London in April and have kept in touch since then, royal sources said yesterday.

When the United States First Lady, 45, made a private visit to the British capital last week with daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 8, they were given a private three-hour tour of the Buckingham Palace, including a meeting with the 83-year-old monarch.

"There clearly is a personal warmth between the two of them," a royal source said yesterday. "Clearly the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Obamas got on very well at the G20 summit and mention was made then that they should keep in touch and they have done."

According to the sources, the Queen and Michelle Obama have exchanged letters and spoken by telephone since that first meeting.

Despite their age difference, the two women are said to share a number of interests, including the countryside, gardening and clothes. "It's a positive thing for relations between the two countries that the royal family and the president's family get along so well," the sources said.


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