Prince George became the star of the Kensington Palace party after greeting Michelle and Barack Obama in his dressing gown and slippers.
The Obamas arrived at the palace tonight for an informal dinner with Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry – just hours after the U.S. President’s controversial intervention in the Brexit debate.
But it was the two-year-old prince who stole the limelight after pictures emerged of George shaking hands with the leader of the free world wearing his nightwear – a pair of freshly-pressed blue gingham pyjamas, monogramed dressing gown and a pair of slippers with aeroplanes on.
The third in line to the throne was allowed to stay up for a few minutes by his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, so the two-year-old could thank the couple for a rocking horse and stuffed toy they had previously given him as gifts.
Hello, Mr President: Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle crouch down to meet and shake hands with Prince George at Kensington Palace
A Kensington Palace Spokesman said: ‘Prince George stayed up to meet The President and First Lady when they arrived at Kensington Palace’
Along with Prince Harry, William and Kate opened the doors of their 22-room private apartment – number 1A – to Mr and Mrs Obama, after the couple had lunched with the Queen at Windsor Castle.
It is the first time that any of the young royals have entertained a head of state privately and the most significant event they have ever hosted at Kensington Palace.
It ends a busy schedule of high-profile meetings and events for the President of the United States and the First Lady in the UK today, after they arrived at Stansted Airport yesterday.
The President and his wife arrived at the royal residence exactly on time at 7.15pm in his official car, an 18-foot armored Cadillac dubbed The Beast.
‘There you are! Hello!’ the President called out to William, while holding an umbrella over Michelle, who was wearing a terracotta coat and dress.
‘Sorry about the weather,’ the prince replied. ‘You’ve had a long day.’
‘We’ve enjoyed it,’ the President smiled.
The five walked towards each other in the middle of Kensington Palace’s Clock Court courtyard to exchange greetings.
Harry, who spent time with First Lady during his October 2015 trip to Washington DC to promote the upcoming Invictus Games, warmly kissed Michelle on both cheeks.
They all spoke briefly before heading towards the entrance of 1A for a brief photo op. Ever the gentleman, President Obama offered his umbrella to the Duchess.
Pictures show the inside of their apartment at Kensington Palace for the first time, which was refurbished with £4.5million of taxpayers’ money – although the couple footed the bill for fixtures and furnishing themselves
Kate had the help of an interior designer, but the look isn’t particularly grand and far from palatial, more comfortable country home
The Duchess of Cambridge joined William and Harry for a dinner with the Obamas on Friday night at the Kensington Palace – catching up most likely on everything from Brexit to the royal couple’s recent trip to India.
Kate wore British for the occasion, having belted a printed long sleeve, sheer dress in pink and Mediterranean blue from L.K Bennett. Having accessorized with simple jewelry in silver and low-heeled pumps, she looked graceful and elegant next to Michelle Obama’s bold all-camel ensemble!
The Duke of Cambridge (left) speaks with President of the United States Barack Obama in the Drawing Room of Apartment 1A Kensington Palace, London, prior to a private dinner hosted by the Duke and Duchess in their official residence at the palace
Mrs Obama recently worked with Kate, 34, on a mental health project and has helped Harry, 31, with the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style event for injured servicemen and women which will be held in Orlando in May
The Duke of Cambridge talks to the President of the United States Barack Obama (front left), with the Duchess of Cambridge, First Lady Michelle Obama (back left) and Prince Harry (back right), in the Drawing Room of Apartment 1A Kensington Palace, London
The Duke of Cambridge and U.S. President Barack Obama were deep in conversation at Kensington Palace before their meal