May 24th, 2011
09:50 AM ET
The Obamas are getting the royal treatment from Buckingham Palace – literally.
The first family will spend the night in a six-room suite in the palace – the same one used by Prince William and Kate Middleton (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) on their wedding night.
Lest there be any snickers, one palace aide noted, "It may not be the same bed.”
The Obamas met the two newlyweds earlier Tuesday, but there was no word on what the two famous couples discussed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were just back from the honeymoon that followed their star-studded wedding.
Earlier, "The Star-Spangled Banner" rang out across the lawn of Buckingham Palace, followed by a 41-gun salute and the distinctive drone of bagpipes as Queen Elizabeth II welcomed President Barack Obama to England on a windy but sunny spring Tuesday.
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, officially welcomed the Obamas to the country Tuesday morning.
The meeting took place at the U.S. ambassador's residence after the president and his entourage came to London a day early to be sure his flight was not affected by a volcanic ash cloud spreading over the UK from Iceland.