March 12th, 2012
06:04 PM ET
Washington (CNN) –With all the pomp and circumstance of a royal event, President Obama officially welcomes British Prime Minister David Cameron to the White House Wednesday.
But don't expect those fifes and drums to be playing the standard welcome "Yankee Doodle".
It seems that's a little too reminiscent of our past relationship with the Brits. Although the United States and Great Britain are today the closest of allies, it was only two hundred plus years ago we brash Americans were fighting for our freedom from the British monarchy.
The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps which performs at all armed-forces arrival ceremonies for visiting dignitaries and heads of state at the White House always play "Yankee Doodle." It's a tradition according to one member of the corps. That is except when the visiting dignitaries are from our former enemy nation Great Brittain. A member of the corps told CNN for those occasions they play an alternate piece of music, "British Grenadiers." Checkmate diplomacy!
With additional reporting from CNN’s Chandler Friedman