Queen Elizabeth II once made British treasurer tell Obama to go home because she was tired
Q ueen Elizabeth II reportedly told Britain's former treasurer to send then-President Barack Obama home because she was tired and wanted to go to bed.
George Osborne, a former chancellor of the Exchequer, said Tuesday that the queen asked him during a state banquet in 2011 to tell Obama to leave because she wanted to go to sleep.
"The queen came up to me and said, 'Will you tell the president it's late and I want to go to bed?' ... Obama was having a great time, kind of knocking back vodka martinis with his mates, and I was like, 'Oh my God, I'm going to be the person that has to go and tell him to go home,'" Osborne said during an event hosted by the Old Pauline Club, an alumni association at St. Paul's School in England, according to Business Insider .
Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama attended a state banquet as guests of honor at Buckingham Palace in 2011. The night also saw a blunder from the former president when he began his toast with "To Her Majesty, the queen," which signaled the band to begin playing the national anthem, "God Save the Queen." He gave the rest of his speech drowned out by the band.
Obama visited the United Kingdom again in 2014 and 2016, but they were not state visits. In 2014, he visited South Wales for a NATO summit. In 2016, he visited London as part of a trip to Saudi Arabia , the U.K., and Germany.
The 95-year-old monarch has seen multiple health scares recently, including an overnight hospitalization for "preliminary investigations" in October. She has since canceled multiple trips and appearances under the recommendations of her doctor and was placed on a two-week break from royal duties. She most recently canceled her appearance at a Remembrance Sunday event due to a back sprain.
Osborne, a member of the Conservative Party, was the chancellor of the Exchequer from 2010 to 2016. He also served as the first secretary of state from 2015 to 2016.
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