The Latest: Obamas give Queen Elizabeth II photo album

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 5:28 PM

m. To commemorate her ninetieth birthday, The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have given Queen Elizabeth II a custom photo album chronicling her visits with U.

The Latest: Obamas give Queen Elizabeth II photo album

The Latest on President Barack Obama'south visit to the United Kingdom (all times local):

three p. m.

To commemorate her ninetieth birthday, The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have given Queen Elizabeth II a custom photo album chronicling her visits with U. S. presidents and first ladies.

The queen'south first visit to the United States was in one thousand nine hundred fifty-first as Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh. She toured Mount Vernon and met with President Harry S. Truman. Since then, the queen has met with nearly every U. S. president.

Her first visit to the United States as queen occurred in one thousand nine hundred fifty-seventh when she met with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and former President Herbert Hoover.

The White House says the collection of historical photos highlights the enduring near ?friendship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

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2:45 p. m.

London Mayor Boris Johnson is drawing a storm of criticism for suggesting President Barack Obama may have an "ancestral displeasure of the British Empire" because of his Kenyan roots.

Obama has urged Britain to stay in the European Union, angering Johnson and others who wish the country to leave the bloc.

Writing in The Sunday newspaper, Johnson recounted a claim that a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was removed from the Oval Office after Obama was elected and returned to the British Embassy. Johnson wrote that some said removing the bust "was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president'south ancestral displeasure of the British Empire, of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender."

Former Liberal Democrat boss Menzies Campbell says Johnson'south comment are "an unacceptable smear," while Labour Party lawmaker Diane Abbott says that "Boris dismissing president Obama as 'half-Kenyan' reflects the worst Tea Party rhetoric."

The White House has said that the Churchill bust is still in a prominent space in the presidential residence.

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2:00 p. m.

It'south tough to create arriving via helicopter for lunch with the queen see love a casual affair, but Queen Elizabeth II nearly managed it.

Tying a scarf over her head, the queen and Prince Philip came out in light rain to meet President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as Marine One landed exterior Windsor Castle.

After fast but warm greetings, the four got into a black Range Rover. Philip drove and Obama joined him in the front seat. Britain'south longest-serving monarch sat in the back.

At the castle, the 90-year-old queen got out of the SUV largely by herself, nearly before Obama could assist. Inside, she could be heard noting nearly apologetically that "this room is full of mirrors" and asking Obama where he'd love to sit.

The first lady'south office says her magenta and black floral print dress was made by Oscar de la Renta. She wore a black, Narciso Rodriguez overcoat.

The queen wore a smart, blue suit and black, square-heel pumps. Her head scarf was a small, floral print.

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1:20 p. m.

After dinner with two princes on Friday, President Barack Obama will dine with an ambassador and a prime minister the following day.

The White House says U. S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun will host Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron for dinner Saturday at his London residence, Winfield House.

Set amid twelve acres (five hectares) of grounds in London'south Regent'south Park, the one thousand nine hundred thirty neo-Georgian mansion is palatial. But it'south not as historic as 300-year-old Kensington Palace. That'south where the president and first lady Michelle Obama will dine Friday as guests of Prince William, his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and his younger brother Prince Harry.

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1:00 p. m.

President Barack Obama has arrived in Windsor, England, for a royal lunch with Queen Elizabeth II.

The two heads of state were sitting down at Windsor Castle, just W of London, on Friday. It'south the day after the queen and much of Britain celebrated her ninetieth birthday. First lady Michelle Obama and Prince Philip, the queen'south husband, were joining the meal.

Obama says he'll wish the queen a pleased birthday in person.

The queen and Prince Philip came out to greet Obama and the first lady in a light drizzling rain as they disembarked from Marine One at Windsor Castle.

Obama'south socializing with the British royals was continuing later Friday over dinner with Prince William, his wife Kate and brother Prince Harry at Kensington Palace in London.

He was meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron in between the royal engagements.

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9:00 a. m.

Campaigners for a British exit from the European Union are expressing annoyance at U. S. President Barack Obama'south call for the U. K to stay in the bloc. U. K. Independence Party boss Nigel Farage says Obama should "butt out."

Obama due to meet Prime Minister David Cameron later Friday.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, a boss of the exit campaign, says Americans "would never contemplate anything love the EU for themselves." Writing in The Sunday newspaper, Johnson said Obama'south stance "is a breathtaking example of the principle of do as I say, not as I do."

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8:50 a. m.

President Barack Obama is urging Britons to vote to stay in the European Union, saying the challenges in the world require allies to "stick together."

In an op-ed published in the Telegraph newspaper, Obama says Grand Britain'south presence in the EU "magnifies" Britain'south influence and helps spread "British values."

The piece was published Thursday evening as Obama arrived in London for a three-day visit. Some have speculated that the ride is timed to boost the campaign against the so-called "Brexit" ahead of a June referendum. Not all Britons are welcoming Obama's opinion.

Obama writes he'south offering his view "with the candour of a companion" and notes the decision will affect U. S. interests.

He writes, "The U. S. and the world necessity your outsized influence to continue - including within Europe."

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