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Last Updated: Friday April 03 2009 15:58 GMT

Michelle Obama's surprise visit

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama visits UK school

Children at a school in London got an unexpected treat during assembly when Michelle Obama dropped in for a chat.

The wife of American President Barack Obama was in the UK with her husband while he met the leaders of some of the richest countries in the world.

But while he was discussing the world's money problems, she visited pupils at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School.

Crowds of people lined the streets around the school to catch a glimpse of Mrs Obama as she arrived.

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Inside, more than 100 excited pupils got the chance to perform for America's First Lady, who later hugged and high-fived those who were lucky enough to meet her.

During her speech, she told them the world was counting on them "to be the best that you can be".

"Although the circumstances of our lives may seem very disengaged, with me standing here as the First Lady of the United States of America and you just getting through school, I want you to know we have very much in common," she said.

"For nothing in my life ever would have predicted that I would standing here as the first African-American First Lady."