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Obamas to make state visit to the United Kingdom

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Queen Elizabeth II invites them for the May 24-26 visit
  • It will be Obama's first European state visit as president
  • The first lady will accompany the president

Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will make a state visit to the United Kingdom May 24-26, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Thursday.

Carney said the trip would be Obama's first European state visit, illustrating "the strength of the special relationship between our two countries, and of the United States' enduring commitment to its European and NATO allies and partners."

Obama "is obviously honored by the invitation" that was offered by Queen Elizabeth II, Carney said. First lady Michelle Obama will accompany the president, he said.