‘Tell President Obama one wants to go to bed’: Ex-Chancellor George Osborne reveals how the Queen told him to tell the US leader to call it a night at 2011 State Banquet because it was dragging on and she was tired

  • Barack Obama, the US president was guest of honor at Buckingham Palace 2011
  • George Osborne asserts that President Obama asked the Queen to send him a message to request his departure
  • She told the Queen, her Tory Chancellor at the time, that she would like to get up to bed. 
  • Osborne revealed the information during an online speech given to St Paul’s School  

Getting rid of dinner guests is a challenge for any host, but it’s even harder when your guest is leader of the free world.

George Osborne was the former Chancellor and revealed to Barack Obama that the Queen asked him once to tell Barack Obama how to leave Buckingham Palace’s state banquet.

‘The Queen came up to me and said: “Will you tell the President it’s late and I want to go to bed,” ’ Osborne recalled to fellow alumni of St Paul’s school. ‘Barack 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.” ’

Obama may have got his revenge two years later, when at a G8 summit he repeatedly called Osborne ‘Jeffrey’.

Osborne spoke to Lord Ed Vaizey (former Tory MP) at an Old Pauline Club event. This was an association of former students from St Paul’s School. 

US President Barack Obama, pictured with his wife Michelle, centre, was the guest of honour to a state banquet in May 2011 at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth, pictured left, with her late husband Prince Philip, right

Barack Obama and Michelle are pictured here with their wife Michelle. They were guests of honor at a Buckingham Palace state banquet that Queen Elizabeth hosted in May 2011. The event was held by Prince Philip (pictured right).

Former Chancellor of the Exche

Ex-Chancellor of the Exche

Business Insider reported that President Obama and his wife Michelle were the quest of honor at the Buckingham Palace banquet in May 2011. 

However, President Donald Trump’s visit did not go without diplomatic incidents. The billionaire businessman claimed that he had ‘automatic Chemistry’ with Queen Elizabeth on his State Visit to the UK.

Former American President praised the British monarch for being a “spectacular woman”, but denied fist-bumping when he visited Buckingham Palace to receive the ceremonial welcome.

During an interview with Fox News, aired upon his return to the US,  Mr Trump also said people had noticed how well he and the Queen had connected.

He said: “The meeting with Queen Elizabeth was amazing, I believe I can say that I got to know her better because I sat down with her several times, and she had an instant chemistry with me. You will feel the same feeling.

‘It’s a good feeling. But she’s a spectacular woman.’

When asked by Fox News’ Laura Ingraham if he fist-bumped the Queen, Mr Trump said: ‘I did not, but I had a great relationship, we had a really great time.

“Those who claim they’ve never seen Queen Elizabeth have a better, more animated time.

‘We had a period we were talking solid straight, I didn’t even know who the other people at the table were, never spoke to them. They had an amazing time.

Trump responded to a question about whether he was going to keep the conversation alive. He said, “Yes, I am. She is a remarkable woman. An incredible woman.”

The controversial billionaire-turned-politician was feted with a ceremonial welcome and a grand state banquet at Buckingham Palace during his stay in London.

At the D-Day Commemorations at Southsea Common, Portsmouth, he was also next to Queen Elizabeth.