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Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit

US president and his wife are in the UK for a two-day State Visit at the invitation of UK's Queen Elizabeth II

Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit
US president Barack Obama plays table tennis with British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) at Globe Academy school in Southwark on May 24, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit
Queen Elizabeth II (L) and US President Barack Obama (2ndL) pose with US First Lady Michelle Obama (2ndR) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace ahead of a State Banquet on May 24, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit
The 44th President of the US, Barack Obama is in the UK for a two day State Visit at the invitation of HM Queen Elizabeth II (Getty Images)
Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit
Obama (L) high-fives with British prime minister David Cameron (R) as they play table tennis with students of the Globe Academy school in London, on May 24, 2011
Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit
Wednesday follows a more ceremonial day for the Obamas, who spent Tuesday getting acquainted with Buckingham Palace and enjoying a state dinner put on by Queen Elizabeth II. At the meal, attended by some 170 guests, Obama and the queen discussed the cultural, military and diplomatic ties that connected the two countries (Getty Images)
Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit
Obama (L) is on a week-long, four-nation Europe tour and Wednesday promises to offer the most substance after a light-hearted visit to Ireland and a day in London filled with pomp at Buckingham Palace (Getty Images)
Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit
Muslim protesters demonstrate in Whitehall at US President Barack Obama's visit to Downing Street on May 24, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit
Muslim protesters demonstrate in Whitehall at US President Barack Obama's visit to Downing Street on May 24, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit
Muslim protesters demonstrate in Whitehall at US President Barack Obama's visit to Downing Street on May 24, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit
A Muslim protester is removed by police from outside Downing Street prior to the arrival of President Obama on May 24, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
Ping pong, protest and protocol mark Obama's UK visit
Police lead away a Muslim protester in Whitehall ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to Downing Street on May 24, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)