U.S. first lady Michelle Obama visited a cancer care facility in London Wednesday, where she joined the wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in celebrating the first anniversary of the center.
The first lady received a warm greeting at Maggie's Cancer Care Center, where she visited with patients as crowds outside the facility chanted "Obama! Obama!"
Mrs. Obama's G20 summit itinerary includes a meeting with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and another with "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling. The author and the lawyer will sit next to each other at a pre-summit dinner of world leaders Wednesday evening.
British media heaped praise on Mrs. Obama on the eve of the summit. One outlet, London's Evening Standard newspaper, is said to have referred to her as the "mighty Michelle," and a "welcome dash of class" in the British capital.
French journalist Agnes Poirier described the U.S. first couple as "very alluring and very sophisticated." She told U.S. television, CBS News, "that plays well with the French."
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.