President Obama and the First Lady greet Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry of Wales upon arrival for dinner at Kensington Palace. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Behind the Lens: A Trip Across the Pond

By Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer

It’s a year of “lasts” for President Obama — the last State of the Union, the last White House Easter Egg Roll, the last official visits to foreign countries. This week marked what may have been our last trip to three different countries: Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, and Germany. And yet, probably the only photographs that people will remember from the week-long trip are the ones featuring Prince George in his robe and slippers.

But in reality, my colleague Lawrence Jackson and I had an extremely busy week photographing the President throughout the trip. As I’ve written before, access in other countries is largely dependent on our hosts. I’m always grateful to the staff of British Prime Minister David Cameron for being more than accommodating in granting me great access at 10 Downing Street. The same can be said for the staff and official photographers of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Without their respective help, I would never have been able to make the photographs that I did.

Saudi Arabia has always been a challenge for access and it’s difficult to gain any special access in that country. But I do what I can.

Now back to Prince George. I was somewhat surprised that Kensington Palace allowed me access to capture him greeting the President and First Lady. They then gave me further time to photograph several candid moments of their continued interaction, including when the young Prince was playing on his rocking horse (a gift from the President and First Lady when he was born). In these situations, I am always trying not to interfere with the situation playing out in front of me. Thus, I was using a quiet camera with no flash even though it was extremely dark in the room. And I really have to thank the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for trusting me enough to allow me the needed time to make a few good photographs.

In addition to the photographs of Prince George, I hope you enjoy looking through the complete gallery of our week-long trip.

Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama greets Prince Faisal bin Bander bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 20, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
A security officer blocks the view of cameras of President Obama and King Salman of Saudi Arabia at Erga Palace. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and King Salman hold a bilateral meeting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
King Salman escorts President Obama to his motorcade after their bilateral meeting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama talks with Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, following their bilateral meeting in Riyadh. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President fist bumps children during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir escorts President Obama upon arrival at Diriyah Palace in Riyadh, April 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama meets separately with, clockwise from top left, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of Qatar; Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait; and Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Deputy Prime Minister of Oman. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President joins Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders for a group photo at Diriyah Palace. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama speaks with GCC leaders during a summit meeting at Diriyah Palace. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Press listen to President Obama during a press conference after the GCC Summit. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama talks with Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Nighthawk Two helicopter arrives at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama bids farewell to Amb. Joseph Westphal and wife Linda Westphal prior to departure from Riyadh. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

United Kingdom

President Obama greets U.S. Embassy personnel and their families in London, England, April 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama reads briefing material at Winfield House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Marine One approaches for landing at Windsor Castle. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, greet the President and First Lady upon their arrival for lunch at Windsor Castle. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo with the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The President and First Lady depart Windsor Castle. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The President talks with Deputy Chief of Staff Anita Decker Breckenridge aboard Marine One after she had met Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes the President to 10 Downing Street. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron hold bilateral meetings. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron descend a staircase at 10 Downing Street. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors prior to a joint press conference with Prime Minister Cameron. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron hold a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron talk after their joint press conference. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President greets security officers across from 10 Downing Street. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and the First Lady greet Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry of Wales upon arrival for dinner at Kensington Palace. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The President and First Lady meet Prince George as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch at Kensington Palace. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The Duchess of Cambridge plays with Prince George while President Obama talks with the Duke of Cambridge and the First Lady talks with Prince Harry. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President and First Lady visit with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
“Globe to Globe Hamlet” actors perform for the President at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London, April 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and Press Secretary Josh Earnest watch a scene from Hamlet. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The President talks with Globe to Globe actors. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama waits to take the stage for a town hall discussion at Lindley Hall. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President takes questions during a town hall meeting with an audience from the U.S. Embassy’s Young Leaders UK program. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Barack Obama answers a question during the town hall discussion. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama meets with Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, at Royal Horticultural Halls. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President plays golf with Prime Minister Cameron at The Grove in Watford. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama greets police at Winfield House prior to departing London, April 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama greets Air Force service personnel at London Stansted Airport. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The President boards Air Force One at London Stansted Airport. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Germany

President Obama arrives at Hannover Airport in Germany. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President and Chancellor Merkel review the troops. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama and Chancellor Merkel talk on a balcony at Schloss Herrenhausen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and Chancellor Merkel hold a bilateral meeting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Advance team members talk in a stairwell. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The shoes of President Obama and Chancellor Merkel during a press conference. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and Chancellor Merkel attend the opening ceremony of the Hannover Messe Trade Fair at the Hannover Congress Centrum. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The President delivers remarks at the opening ceremony of the Trade Fair. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama walks with Chancellor Merkel upon arrival for a dinner with business leaders at Schloss Herrenhausen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama talks with Chancellor Merkel and business leaders. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and Chancellor Merkel deliver remarks at the Hannover Messe Trade Fair at the Hannover Fairgrounds, April 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama and Chancellor Merkel stop by a cardboard cutout of Vice President Joe Biden at the Hannover Messe Trade Fair. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and Chancellor Merkel look at an exhibit during their tour of the Trade Fair. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Chancellor Merkel exits the President’s car after a short drive with him at the Hannover Fairgrounds. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Exhibiters watch the President and Chancellor Merkel tour the Hannover Messe Trade Fair. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and Chancellor Merkel try out the virtual reality glasses at the Trade Fair. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Exhibiters take photos of the President and Chancellor Merkel at the Hannover Messe Trade Fair. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Exhibiters wear the same type of shoes at the Hannover Messe Trade Fair. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama and Chancellor Merkel share a laugh at the Hannover Messe Trade Fair. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama delivers remarks during his foreign policy speech. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Audience members listen to the President’s speech. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama meets with, from right, Charles Kupchan, Susan Rice and Josh Earnest at Schloss Herrenhausen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President walks with Ben Rhodes in Hannover. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama talks with European leaders, from left, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at Schloss Herrenhausen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama departs the meeting with European leaders. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama bids farewell to Chancellor Merkel at Schloss Herrenhausen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews aboard Air Force One. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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