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Saturday, March 29, 2008
France's Sarko & Carla take on the Brits
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Italian model-turned-First Lady wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy travelled to England for a State Visit to HM Queen Elizabeth II between March 26 and 28. The pair were greeted at the airport upon their arrival by the Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, before being taken to meet with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Among their visits during the State Visit were a meeting with British Parliament - including the obligatory visit to 10 Downing Street and British PM Gordon Brown -, a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Charles de Gaulle, and two state banquets at Windsor Castle. Carla was hailed with a style that has been called "part Jackie Kennedy, part Princess Diana", staying loyal to French fashion house Dior for the entire trip. The only sour point to Carla's wardrobe was the drab shades of grey she wore during the first day, and semi carried over into the second; and the fact that Sarko needed his ego to be in check, which meant the former model couldn't wear any shoes apart from frikkin flats! With evening wear too! They invented kitten heels for a reason Sarko!