LONDON: Barack Obama has described Britain’s Prince George as “adorable” after Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2-year-old son was allowed to stay up past his bed-time to meet the US President.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted Obama and wife Michelle for an informal dinner at Kensington Palace in London on Friday night, after which photographs were released of the guests kneeling down to shake hands with the young prince in his pyjamas.
“I guess you all know why I came this week. It’s no secret. Nothing was going to stop me from wishing happy birthday to her majesty, or meeting George, who was adorable,” he told audience gathered for a town-hall style event in central London on Saturday.
Obama began his day with a visit to the famous Globe Theatre in London to join in commemorations to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The playwright’s works are being celebrated throughout the UK.
The theatre is a replica of the circular, open-air playhouse that Shakespeare designed in 1599.
Obama watched a brief performance of a portion of “Hamlet”, including the famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy.
Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “At the end of an extraordinary journey all around the world, it is great to return home to the Globe, and to be able to perform a few scenes and to be welcomed back by President Barack Obama.