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Michelle Obama Got Secret Royal Treatment: Report

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    First Lady Michelle Obama and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II have struck up a deep friendship, according to a U.K.newspaper.

    First came the hug, then a guided tour of Buckingham Palace.

    First Lady Michelle Obama got permission from Queen Elizabeth II for a guided tour of the palace with her daughters, Sasha and Malia on Sasha's eighth birthday last week, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

    They were shown around the 83-year-old queen's official residence, its gardens and the queen herself greeted them afterward, according to the newspaper.

    A call Sunday to Buckingham Palace was not immediately returned.

    But during a visit to Britain with her husband in April, Michelle, 45, made a warm impression on the queen — so much so that the monarch strayed from protocol and briefly wrapped her arm around the first lady in a rare public show of affection. The first lady also put her arm around the monarch.

    The two have kept in touch since then by phone and letter and they share a love of gardening and clothes, sources told the Telegraph. 

    The queen has even begun to plant veggies on a patch outside her palace just like Michelle's on the White House lawn.