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UPDATE 1: Mrs. Obama discusses her trip; schedule additions
First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the seven-member Presidential Delegation to the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, and the White House on Monday released her official schedule. Mrs. Obama arrives in the United Kingdom on the evening of Thursday, July 26th and will be in London through Sunday, July 29th. In addition to meeting with and cheering on members of Team USA, Mrs. Obama will have separate events with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and with Mrs. Samantha Cameron, wife of the British Prime Minister. She will also be joined by a slate of Olympics legends in addition to those who are members of the Delegation--and by British Soccer star David Beckham. (Above: The President and Mrs. Obama met Her Majesty for the first time at Buckingham Palace in April of 2009; the Queen has gone on the record that she is very fond of Mrs. Obama)
UPDATE, July 26: "Live" updates about some of the First Lady's London activities will be released on the @LetsMove Twitter account, the East Wing announced.
Mrs. Obama will be busiest on Friday, the exciting day of the Opening Ceremony, where her events include a morning breakfast with members of Team USA, and a massive Let's Move! event for about 1,000 British and American children that will be held at London's Winfield House, the park-like residence of US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Louis B. Susman, a member of the Delegation. In the evening, ahead of the Opening Ceremony, Mrs. Obama will attend The Queen's reception for Heads of State at Buckingham Palace.
On Saturday, July 28th, Mrs. Obama will have a closed-press meeting with Mrs. Cameron before attending the games to cheer on Team USA at yet-to-be announced sporting events. Mrs. Obama first announced that she would travel to London in March of this year, as she escorted Mrs. Cameron to a mini Olympics event at American University. The event was part of Prime Minister David Cameron's State Visit to President Obama. (Above: Mrs. Cameron and Mrs. Obama at the event)
On Sunday July 29th, in the morning, the First Lady will deliver brief remarks at a brunch at Winfield House for members of the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic alumni athletes and Team USA supporters. Afterwards, she will greet and thank members of the U.S. Embassy and their families. Mrs. Obama will then travel to Mildenhall Air Force Base, where will "greet American military families" who are stationed in the area, as part of her Joining Forces campaign. All Sunday events are closed to press. UPDATE, July 26: Mrs. Obama will also attend Olympic events on Sunday, the East Wing announced.
In addition to Ambassador Susman, Mrs. Obama will be joined in the US Delegation by five Team USA athletes who have medaled at past games: Phoenix Suns legend/Men's Basketball gold medalist Grant Hill; Brandi Chastain, two-time gold medalist in Women's Soccer; Women's Gymnastics gold and three-time medalist Dominique Dawes; two-time Women's Swimming gold medalist Summer Sanders; and Paralympic Javelin gold medalist Gabriel Diaz de Leon. CLICK HERE for their bios.
First Lady's Schedule, 2012 London Summer Olympic Games
Thursday, July 26th 2012
Mrs. Obama will have a closed-press arrive in the United Kingdom in the evening.
Friday, July 27th
*Breakfast: 9:00 am BST (4:00 am ET), U.S. Olympic Training Facility, University of East London
Mrs. Obama and the Presidential Delegation will greet members of the 2012 Team USA at an informal breakfast in honor of the Olympians. Mrs. Obama will deliver brief remarks at the event.
*Let's Move! event: 11:30 am BST (6:30 am ET), U.S. Ambassador’s Residence
Mrs. Obama will host a Let’s Move! event for about 1,000 American military children and American and British students to engage them in the spirit of the Olympic Games. Co-sponsored by Nickelodeon’s The Big Help pro-social campaign and the Department of State, Let’s Move! London will include sports stations, performances and chances for the kids to meet Olympic and Paralympic legends including the members of the U.S. delegation along with David Beckham, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Teresa Edwards, Emily Hughes, Sarah Hughes, Shawn Johnson, Carl Lewis, Dikembe Mutombo, Dara Torres, members of the 2012 US Track and Field Team and Manchester United legends, among others.
Nickelodeon, The NBA and USA Basketball, U.S. Tennis Association, USA Field Hockey, USA Track and Field, Manchester United and Right to Play will provide sports stations for kids to get into the Olympic spirit by getting active. The Wanted, the University of Florida Gator Marching Band, Mark Ronson, Katy B. and Nickelodeon’s DJ J Boogie and Jeff Sutphen, the Power Rangers and SpongeBob SquarePants will help entertain the kids throughout the event.
*Evening Event With The Queen
In the evening, the First Lady will attend a reception for Heads of State hosted by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Following the reception, the First Lady will attend the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in her role as head of the Presidential Delegation.
Saturday, July 28th
*Meeting with Mrs. Cameron
In the morning, Mrs. Obama will meet with Mrs. Cameron.This meeting will be closed press.
*Cheering on Team USA
In the afternoon and evening, the First Lady will cheer on Team USA at Olympic sporting events to be announced.
Sunday, July 29th
*Brunch at Winfield House
In the morning, the First Lady will deliver brief remarks at a brunch at the Ambassador’s residence for the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic alumni athletes and Team USA supporters. Afterwards, she will greet and thank members of the U.S. Embassy and their families. These events are closed press.
*Mrs. Obama will cheer on Team USA.
*1:45 pm BST (8:45 am ET), Mildenhall Air Force Base
Prior to departing the United Kingdom, Mrs. Obama will greet American military families stationed at Mildenhall Air Force Base. Last year, the First Lady launched Joining Forces, a nation-wide initiative with Dr. Jill Biden to recognize, honor and take action to support military families. Closed to press.
In the US, on Saturday, July 28, the first day of Olympic competition, the Let's Move! campaign is organizing "Olympics inspired" Olympic Fun Day Meetups across the US, where young and old alike can take part in fitness and sporting events. Click the link to find out how to participate. Separately, in May, Mrs. Obama joined Olympics officials in announcing free summer sports programs for children, offered by the United States Olympic Committee, U.S. Paralympics, the U.S. Olympians Association, and the USOC National Governing Bodies for Sport.
The Summer Olympics run July 27 to August 12 in venues in and around London. Visit london2012.com for a full schedule of events.
*Top photo by Pete Souza/White House; second by Reuters; third by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama