June 14, 2009 / 9:46 AM / 10 years ago

Michelle Obama finds a new friend in Britain's Queen

President Barack Obama (L) and his wife Michelle (2nd L) meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace in London April 1, 2009. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - If Michelle Obama ever needs a place to stay in London, she could do worse than call on Queen Elizabeth.

The two women met at the G20 summit in London in April and have kept in touch since then, royal sources said on Sunday.

When Michelle Obama made a private visit to the British capital last week with daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 8, they were given a private three-hour tour of Buckingham Palace, including a meeting with the queen.

“There clearly is a personal warmth between the two of them,” a royal source told Reuters on Sunday, referring to Michelle Obama, 45, and the 83-year-old monarch.

“Clearly the queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Obamas got on very well at the G20 summit and mention was made then that they should keep in touch and they have done.”

According to the sources, the queen and Michelle Obama have exchanged letters and spoken by telephone since that first meeting. The visit last Wednesday was organized as a treat for Sasha, who turned 8 that day.

Despite their age difference, the two women are said to share a number of interests, including the countryside, gardening and clothes.

“It’s a positive thing for relations between the two countries that the royal family and the president’s family get along so well,” the sources said.

Reporting by Luke Baker; Editing by Matthew Jones

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