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Michelle Obama was hugely touched when the Queen wore a ‘little bitty’ pin she had gifted her on her ‘diamond’ dress

MICHELLE Obama has described how touched she was after the Queen wore the “little bitty” pin she had gifted her to a state banquet.

The former First Lady was speaking at the O2 in London at the launch of her memoir, Becoming, in April last year when she shared the anecdote.

She recalled the state banquet that she and Barack Obama had attended alongside Her Majesty during their visit to the UK back in 2011.

Speaking to host Stephen Colbert, she said: “She had on a beautiful… I’m sure it was covered in diamonds and a crown. You sort of look and go ‘all of that is real.’

“In the gloriousness of that outfit that she had on, she put on the little bitty pin we have her.

“And I gasped and said ‘you wore the pin’ and she just said ‘mmhmm yes.’

“That was my experience, that has been my experience, that kind of warmth and graciousness, intelligence, wit – I like her.”

The couple had gifted her a moss agate floral brooch, which she was next seen wearing during Trump’s visit to the UK in 2018, leading many to believe she was “trolling” the US President.

Michelle, 56, has previously spoken about how the monarch "put her at ease."

She said: "I had all this protocol buzzing in my head and I was like 'don't trip down the stairs and don't touch anybody, whatever you do'.

"And so the Queen says 'just get in, sit wherever' and she's telling you one thing and you're remembering protocol and she says, 'Oh it's all rubbish, just get in'."

The Guardian reported at the time how Prince Philip gestured towards a waiting Range Rover before getting into the driving seat with the president beside him while the Queen and Michelle sat in the back.

Previously President Obama said the Queen was "truly one of his favourite people".

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