Michelle Obama Greets Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Reception for Heads of State
Before the opening ceremony for the Olympics, Queen Elizabeth hosted an exclusive reception at Buckingham Palace attended by every head of state that was in London for the 2012 games. Michelle Obama and the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain Louis Susman attended on behalf of the U.S. Mrs. Obama looked fabulous in a silver and white dress by J. Mendel.
Michelle took time to speak with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Catherine wore a dress by Christopher Kane. The Queen gave a speech welcoming all the dignitaries and remarked that both her father and grandfather before her had opened Olympic games in London saying, "This will be the third London Olympiad: my great-grandfather opened the 1908 Games at White City; my father opened the 1948 Games at Wembley Stadium, and later this evening I will take pleasure in declaring open the 2012 London Olympic Games at Stratford, in the east of London."
The Queen also spoke about the spirit of the Olympic games:
"Over recent months, many in these islands have watched with growing excitement the journey of the Olympic Torch around the United Kingdom. As the Torch has passed through villages and towns, it has drawn people together as families and communities. To me, this spirit of togetherness is a most important part of the Olympic ideal; and the British people can be proud of the part they have played in keeping the spirit alive. Many sports played in these Games have their historic roots in this country; and as a nation we have an abiding passion for sport, as well as a tradition of fair play and a good-natured sense of fun."
Other attendees at the soiree included
British Prime Minister David Cameron, Princess Beatrice, Prince Harry,
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, the President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and Prince Albert and Princess Charlotte of Monaco. Take a look: