Monday, May 23, 2011

Change In Plans: Obamas Leave Irleand Early

A private dinner in Dublin, then on to London...
The ash cloud from the volcanic eruption in Iceland forced a change in the travel itinerary for President Obama and First Lady Obama. Rather than spending the night in Dublin as planned, the presidential couple departed on Monday night for London, after a private dinner at US Ambassador Dan Rooney's residence in Dublin. (Above: The President and First Lady disembark from AF1)

Air Force 1 arrived outside of London at Standsted Airport in Essex at 10:16 PM local time, where the President and First Lady were greeted by:

-US Ambassador Louis Susman
-Mrs. Margaret Susman, Ambassador's Spouse
-The Lord in Waiting, the Viscount Brookeborough
-The Lord Petre, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Essex
-Mr. Nicholas Jarrold, Special Representative of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
-Mr. Jim Barker-McCardle, Chief Constable of Essex Police
-Mr. Nick Barton, Managing Director of Stansted Airport

The Obamas departed the airport at 10:30 PM local time, heading for Winfield House in London, home of the US Ambassador, where they were scheduled to spend the night. The State Visit with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II begins on Tuesday morning.

*Getty photo