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Barack Obama paid tribute to the Queen at her platinum anniversary celebration on Thursday, calling her a “gift” to the world and saying she reminded him of his grandmother.

Obama’s tribute was broadcast on the BBC’s broadcast of the Queen’s 70th anniversary celebrations. He and Michelle Obama met the Queen three times during his presidency and formed close relationships with various members of the royal family.

“As President of the United States, you meet many remarkable people and try to keep your composure under all circumstances,” Obama said in his tribute. “But that’s harder than you think when you’re with Her Majesty.”

He said he and Michelle were nervous before meeting her for the first time in April 2009.

“Before I took office, Michelle and I hadn’t been to too many palaces,” he noted. ‘So we didn’t know what to expect on our first trip to Buckingham. But we shouldn’t have worried. Her Majesty put us at ease with her grace and generosity. So much so that I walked away thinking she kind of reminded me of my grandmother.’

Barack Obama paid tribute to the queen at her platinum anniversary party, calling her a ‘gift’ to the world and saying she reminded him of his grandmother

Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Color ceremony parade during her Platinum Jubilee celebration

Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Color ceremony parade during her Platinum Jubilee celebration

Obama’s grandmother Madelyn Dunham helped raise Obama from the age of 10 while his mother worked in Indonesia. Obama paid an emotional visit to Hawaii in October 2008, interrupting his presidential campaign to bid her farewell before her passing.

Obama said he and the Queen had a “special relationship” of their own.

“I like to think that Her Majesty and I have formed a special relationship of our own,” Obama said in his tribute to the Queen. “Certainly, I can say that getting to know her was one of the great privileges of my tenure. And I have learned so much from seeing the example she has set for all of us who are privileged to serve.”

He said her life was a gift to the UK and the people of the world.

“Your Majesty, it would be an understatement to say that the world has changed a little in the seven decades since you came to power. But your character never has. Your steadfast stewardship of one of our most important democracies has made the world safer and more prosperous through war and peace, times of adversity and times of prosperity. Your life has been a gift, not just to the UK, but to the world.”

Obama concluded his message with, “It is with gratitude for your leadership and the kindness you have shown me and my family that I say, May the light of your crown reign supreme.”

The Obamas visited the Queen three times during his eight years in office: April 2009, May 2011, and April 2016.

It was during that 2009 visit that Michelle Obama was photographed with her arm around the Queen, in what was technically a violation of royal protocol.

But in her 2009 book, Angela Kelly, the Queen’s seamstress, said the Queen was not offended.

“Much has been said about the meeting between Michelle and Her Majesty, when a moment and mutual warmth was shared between these two remarkable women, and protocol was seemingly ‘abandoned’ as they stood close to each other with their arms around each other’s backs,” Kelly noted..

“In reality, it was the Queen’s natural instinct to show affection and respect for another wonderful woman, and there really is no protocol to follow.”

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama greet Queen Elizabeth II during their May 2011 state visit to the United Kingdom

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama greet Queen Elizabeth II during their May 2011 state visit to the United Kingdom

During the state visit, the Queen and Prince Philip threw a lavish dinner for the Obamas at Buckingham Palace

During the state visit, the Queen and Prince Philip threw a lavish dinner for the Obamas at Buckingham Palace

During their visit to the UK in April 2009, Michelle Obama was famously photographed with her arm around the Queen

During their visit to the UK in April 2009, Michelle Obama was famously photographed with her arm around the Queen

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle during a visit in April 2016

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle during a visit in April 2016

President Barack Obama, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and First Lady Michelle Obama talk to Prince George at Kensington Palace during their April 2016 visit

President Barack Obama, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and First Lady Michelle Obama talk to Prince George at Kensington Palace during their April 2016 visit

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden discuss the Resolute Desk with Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, ahead of a meeting in the Oval Office in March 2015

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden discuss the Resolute Desk with Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, ahead of a meeting in the Oval Office in March 2015

The Queen hosted a lavish state dinner for them in 2011 and had the Obamas stay at Buckingham Palace.

In his toast, Obama paid tribute to her administration.

“This dinner is a humble reminder of the ephemeral nature of presidencies and premierships. Your Majesty’s reign encompassed about a dozen of each, and that’s counting. That makes you both a living witness to the strength of our alliance and an important source of its resilience,” he said.

And during his visit to London in 2016, Obama said of the Queen, “She really is one of my favorite people.”

The Obamas forged bonds with the British royal family during Obama’s presidency.

Prince Charles and Prince William paid separate visits to the White House, leaving the Oval Office in place.

The Obamas also supported Prince Harry’s Invictus Games. They shot a famous video featuring Prince Harry and the Queen to mark the games.

The Queen celebrated her 70th anniversary on Thursday with a performance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

She was joined by four generations of the royal family as tens of thousands of Britons cheered and waved the Union Jack.

(From left) Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, Queen, Prince Louis, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace today

(From left) Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, Queen, Prince Louis, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace today

Crowds look up from The Mall as the RAF Red Arrows fly overhead after the Trooping the Color ceremony in London today

Crowds look up from The Mall as the RAF Red Arrows fly overhead after the Trooping the Color ceremony in London today

Wearing her Guards brooch and the blue Angela Kelly outfit she wore in her official Platinum Jubilee portrait, the 96-year-old monarch exclaimed “unbelievable!” when she took the salute after arriving from Windsor Castle.

Senior royals, including Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate and their children, stood beside her. There was no room on the palace balcony for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle or Prince Andrew, as none of them are no longer the Royal Family.

The Queen, who wore sunglasses, looked cheerful as she surveyed the patriotic scenes and smiled broadly as she enjoyed the six-minute flypast that involved 70 aircraft, including Apache helicopters, Typhoons and the Red Arrows. Fifteen RAF Typhoons paid special tribute to the Queen’s reign and flew in the No. 70 formation.

Previously, the Queen had made a surprise appearance on the balcony to inspect the troops, known as Trooping the Colour.

Thursday marks the first of four days of festivities. It featured a military parade with hundreds of army musicians, 240 horses, a Royal Air Force overpass and a salute.

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