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LONDON - US President Barack Obama was treated to royal pomp at
Buckingham Palace Tuesday on a two-day state visit aimed at ensuring the
United States and Britain keep the "special" in their relationship.
Obama, on a four-nation European tour, heard a 41-gun salute at an
elaborate arrival ceremony and was given a tour of parts of the palace
by Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip. A state dinner
concluded the day.
"Our relationship rests on common language, common history, common
adherence to the rule of law, the rights of men and women -- the very
ideals born in this nation," Obama, wearing white tie and tails, said in
a toast at the beginning of the dinner.
"As we confront the challenges of the 21st century, together, we can
have confidence in the partnership that our two countries share."