Toasting the Alliance between America and Britain

President Obama, the First Lady, Prime Minister Cameron, and Samantha Cameron pose for an official State Dinner photo (March 14, 2012)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom and Mrs. Samantha Cameron for an official State Dinner photo in the Grand Foyer of the White House, March 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

Technically, Prime Minister Cameron's trip to the United States is an official visit -- not a state visit. State visits are reserved for the head of state, and in the case of the United Kingdom, that means the Queen. But last night, the Prime Minister and his wife Samantha Cameron were honored with a State Dinner all the same.

They were joined by dignitaries from both countries -- including Warren and Susan Buffet, Sir Jony Ive (the Apple designer), Hugh Bonnerville (the Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey), and George Clooney.

Before raising his glass for a toast, President Obama spoke again on the nature of the values our two countries share:

In war and in peace, in times of plenty and times of hardship, we stand tall and proud and strong, together. And as free peoples committed to the dignity of all human beings, we will never apologize for our way of life, nor waver in its defense.

It’s why David’s grandfather fought alongside us Yanks after D-Day; why my grandfather marched across Europe in Patton’s army. It’s why tonight, at dusty bases in Afghanistan, both American and British soldiers are getting ready to go on patrol, like generations before them, shoulder to shoulder. It’s why our diplomats and development workers are side by side, standing with the activists who dare to demand their rights, save a child from drought or famine.

Read the full set of remarks from both leaders here. Or check out a slideshow of images throughout the visit below.

  • President Obama And First Lady Ready To Greet

    President Obama awaits the arrival of Prime Minister David Cameron and Samantha Cameron (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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  • Children Get A Look During The Arrival Ceremony

    Children strain to see members of the Honor Guard during the Official Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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  • President Obama And First Lady Greet Prime Minister And Mrs. Cameron

    President Obama and the First Lady greet Prime Minister David Cameron and Samantha Cameron (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Playing Of The National Anthem

    President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron stand during the playing of the national anthem (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama And Prime Minister Cameron Review Troops

    U.S. Army Col. David Anders escorts President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron for a troop review (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama And Prime Minister Cameron Greet Students

    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom shake hands with students (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Overhead Of Fife and Drum Corps

    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron watch the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Fife and Drum Corps Passes

    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron watch the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • First Lady And Mrs. Cameron Together

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron stand together as President Barack Obama delivers remarks (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama Shakes Hands With Prime Minister Cameron

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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  • Prime Minister Cameron Delivers Remarks

    President Barack Obama listens as Prime Minister David Cameron delivers remarks (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Wave From The South Portico Balcony

    President Obama, First Lady Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, and Samantha Cameron (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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  • Prime Minister Cameron Signs Guest Book

    Prime Minister David Cameron signs the guest book in the Blue Room of the White House (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama And Prime Minister Cameron Have A Bilateral Meeting

    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom talk in the Oval Office (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama And Prime Minister Cameron Hold An Expanded Bilateral

    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron hold an expanded bilateral meeting (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama And Prime Minister Cameron Hold A Press Conference

    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron hold a joint press conference (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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  • President Obama And Prime Minister Cameron Return To The Oval Office

    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron walk along the Colonnade (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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  • President Obama Walks With Prime Minister David Cameron

    President Barack Obama walks Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom to his motorcade (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • The President and First Lady On The North Portico Steps

    Prime Minister David Cameron and Samantha Cameron arrive for the State Dinner at the White House (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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  • The President and First Lady Talk With The Prime Minister And Mrs. Cameron On The Truman Balcony

    President Obama and the First Lady talk with Prime Minister David Cameron and Samantha Cameron (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Greets Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry

    President Barack Obama greets Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry, U.S. Army, during the State Dinner (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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  • President Barack Obama Shares A Laugh With Prime Minister David Cameron

    President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Prime Minister David Cameron in the Diplomatic Reception Room (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Offers A Toast

    President Barack Obama offers a toast during the State Dinner in honor of Prime Minister David Cameron (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Listens

    President Barack Obama listens as Prime Minister David Cameron offers a toast during the State Dinner (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Talk With Guests During The State Dinner

    President Obama and First Lady Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, and Samantha Cameron talk with guests (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Ben Lovett From The Band Mumford & Sons Performs

    Ben Lovett from the band Mumford & Sons performs during the State Dinner (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • The President Listens To Mumford & Sons

    John Legend performs during the State Dinner in honor of Prime Minister David Cameron (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Joshn Legend Performs

    President Obama delivers parting remarks to guests at the end of the State Dinner (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • The President Delivers Final Remarks

    The White House is seen through the window of a tent on the South Lawn during the State Dinner (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • A View Of The White House
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