Presidential visit: schedule of activity

President Obama gave an address in Westminster Hall to Members of both Houses of Parliament and an invited audience that included former Prime Ministers, senior White House staff, and parliamentary staff and officials.

Throughout its history, Westminster Hall has been used for occasions of state, important ceremonies and events of national significance and provided a venue for the presentation of addresses to Members of both Houses.

Schedule of activity

  • Arrives at Houses of Parliament

The Lord Great Chamberlain, the Marquess of Cholmondley and the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, Lieutenant General David Leakey CMG, CBE met President Obama at Sovereign’s Entrance at the base of Victoria Tower.

The Lord Speaker, Baroness Helene Hayman and the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP greeted President Obama.

President Obama walked through Norman Porch to the Queen’s Robing Room. He received a personal tour of the Royal Gallery. The President was shown documents from the Parliamentary Archives illustrating the changing relationship between Britain and the USA between 1765 and 1778.

  • Address to Members of both Houses

State Trumpeters on the balcony of the Southern Window of Westminster Hall sounded a fanfare marking the entrance of President Obama.

The Speaker, John Bercow MP, introduced the President in a welcome address.

President Obama addressed the audience, which included Members of both Houses of Parliament, former Prime Ministers and senior White House staff and officials and parliamentary staff.

The Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman gave a speech of thanks.

  • Departs Westminster Hall

President Obama took his leave of Westminster Hall by the North Door and departed Parliament.

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