Queen may grant audience for Barack Obama

She may bend protocol to meet the new US president

President Obama is expected to be granted an audience with the Queen when he comes to London next month for talks on global efforts to tackle the recession.

Such a move would be unusual, since President Obama will be in London not on a state visit but for a meeting with leaders of leading industrialised countries, the so-called G20.

The Queen is said to be keen to see Mr Obama, having met ten of his predecessors. The only man to have occupied the White House during her reign whom she did not meet was Lyndon B. Johnson.

Plans are being discussed for President Obama to be granted an audience at Buckingham Palace on April 1, the day before the conference formally begins. The President’s visit to London, and the G20 summit, are central to Gordon Brown’s plans for responding to the recession.

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