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President Obama with Baroness Hayman in the Prince’s Chamber

The Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman highlights points of interest to US President Barack Obama during a personal tour of the Palace of Westminster ahead of his keynote address in Westminster Hall.


Portraits of monarchs and their consorts line the wall of Prince’s Chamber. Above the portraits are the Armada paintings.


Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert commissioned a series of six paintings from the artist Richard Burchett to replace the original wall coverings – 10 tapestries, created in the 1590s to mark Elizabeth I's historic naval victory – which perished in the fire of that destroyed the first Palace of Westminster in 1834. Only one painting was finished at the time of Prince Albert’s death in 1861.


Anthony Oakshett was commissioned in 2007 to complete the paintings, which were finally hung in Prince’s Chamber in 2010, 160 years later.


Barack Obama made history on Wednesday 25 May 2011 as the first President of the United States to give an address in Westminster Hall to Members of both Houses of Parliament.


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Image: Catherine Bebbington/Parliamentary copyright. This image is subject to parliamentary copyright.

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Taken on May 25, 2011