The world was last night given an unprecedented insight into the world of the Royals as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge entertained the US President inside a Kensington Palace drawing room, which was seen for the first time since being refurbished.
The lavish room was recently redecorated for the couple using £4.5million worth of taxpayers’ money although the couple footed the bill for fixtures and furnishing themselves.
Its design was more reminiscent of a comfortable country home than a grand, palatial lounge – with floral cushions adorning comfortable looking cream sofas.
On the grand black piano sitting behind William and Mr Obama, who looked at ease in each other’s company, were intimate family photos and an elaborate bouquet.
The framed photos gracing an ornate table near the windows were rather more iconic.
One appeared to show a blonde haired, baby faced Prince William in his teenage years – one of the many shots that drew comparisons to his mother’s looks.
Beside it was what looks like an unforgettable image taken by controversial fashion photographer Mario Testino, showing the late Princess Diana playing with her two beloved sons in a flower garden in 1988.
In what could be gracious appreciation of the Obamas’ friendship, the room also contained to items the president had presented to little Prince George in the past.