President Barrack Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama paid a three-day visit to London in celebration of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, Friday (April, 22).
The American first couple began their visit with a birthday lunch with the Queen at her Windsor Castle residence. Afterwards they headed to Kensington Palace for dinner with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Prior to being invited to the sitting room of Kate and Williams’ private apartment in Kensington they narrowly missed seeing the words “The Negro Page”, which was boldly written on a huge oil painting hanging on the wall.
Royal aides had to hurriedly hide the title of the image depicting a black page boy reining two horses by unscrewing the plaque with the title and covering the spot with a potted plant to hide where the n-word would have been.
A source said to the SUN, “Imagine the horror when someone spotted the n-word.” Imagine. The painting by Dutch painter Aelbert Cuyp was chosen by Kate from the Royal collection, it also goes by an alternative, more modern name, “A Page With Two Horses.”
The sourced further explained, “Image is very important to the Cambriges’ team so they didn’t want to get anything wrong.” Adding, “No one wanted to cause any offense to the Obamas so a screwdriver was summoned to removed the picture’s title.”
The painting by Dutch artist Aelbert Cuyp, was chosen by Kate – who is an art collector – and displayed in the couple’s sitting room. The more recent PC version of the 1660 painting bears the alternate name ‘A page with two horses’.
34 year-old Kate, had selected the painting from the Royal Collection’s paintings and furniture to put in her home.
This is the first time Kate, William and Harry have hosted an official dinner at their home.
Despite the slight setback, The Obamas were given a special performance of scenes from Hamlet and also got to tour the theatre albeit briefly to mark 400 years since the Bard’s death.
On Saturday, Barrack Obama addressed the young people and responded to questions from those who eagerly had some for him.
He also praised the good relationship between both countries while making a humorous reference to Britain burning the White House in the war of 1812-1814.
Source: SUN, CNN, BET
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