British PM rehearsing for 'Obama-cue'
Prime Minister David Cameron revealed Monday that he and his family had been rehearsing for a barbecue that he will throw with US President Barack Obama during his visit to Britain this week.
Obama began his week-long European tour in Ireland on Monday and moves to Britain for a three-day state visit from Tuesday, staying as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Among the pomp and splendour of the visit and talks on heavyweight issues such as Libya and Afghanistan, the leaders will also don aprons to help cook hamburgers and sausages in the garden of Cameron's Downing Street residence.
The informal occasion on Wednesday has been organised as a 'thank you' to US and British servicemen and their families.
"My daughter's named it the Obama-cue. We had a tryout in the Downing Street garden yesterday," Cameron told ITV.
The prime minister said a "wet weather plan" was in place despite weeks of dry weather in London and joked that his role was to be "there with the matches".
It is designed as an informal occasion after Obama and his wife Michelle attend a state banquet in their honour on Tuesday night.
The president will then address both houses of parliament on Wednesday.
He leaves on Thursday for the G8 summit in the French resort of Deauville before completing his trip in Poland.
© 2011 AFP