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Michelle Obama fever hits the UK

By Rajini Vaidyanathan
BBC News

In the US she is already a cover girl, gracing the front of glossy magazines like Vogue and Hello.

The Queen and Michelle Obama
It is reported that the Queen asked to stay in touch with Mrs Obama

In the UK on her first visit as first lady, Michelle Obama seems to be making just as big an impact.

She has attracted as much interest and column inches as her husband on this London trip; creating a buzz with her dazzling outfits, her own schedule of events and her own fanbase.

Outside Buckingham Palace, as crowds gathered in anticipation of the Obamas' arrival, Mrs Obama's star appeal was apparent.

Rebecca Smith, from Leicester, was one of the hundreds of people waiting to catch a glimpse of the first couple.

"She seems to be a good role model. A strong, intelligent woman. I think she'll go down very well here. People have warmed to the Obamas. I don't think you'd see this crowd for many other dignitaries," she said.

"Michelle Obama has a strong aura about her, a bit like Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis," she added.


Back in 1961, when Jacqueline Kennedy went on an official visit to Paris, she too was such a hit that her husband, President John F Kennedy, joked about how he was just the side attraction:

"I do not think it altogether inappropriate to introduce myself... I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it," he said.

While Michelle Obama has not quite stolen the show from her husband on this trip, she has been more of a co-star than merely the supporting act.

While President Obama is scrutinised for the decisions he makes alongside other world leaders at the G20 summit, Mrs Obama is being scrutinised for her fashion choices