18 June 2013 by

Backing British: Michelle Obama Wears Belted Burberry Trench For Arrival In Belfast

Michelle Obama in Burberry

Michelle Obama took her style cues from the Duchess of Cambridge yesterday as she wore a British designer for her arrival in the UK. Kate often gives a nod to the country she is visiting on a royal tour by wearing a local designer, from the emerald green Maja dress by Diane Von Furstenberg that she showcased at the British Consul-General's residence in Los Angeles, California in July 2011 to the floral Prabal Gurung frock which formed part of her wardrobe for the Singapore leg of her tour of South East Asia last September. America's First Lady returned the favour as she touched down on tarmac and stepped off a private jet in a trench by British brand Burberry.

The corseted coat with a leather belt may have been as much a reaction to the drizzly Irish weather as it was a political maneuver, but this isn’t the first time that MObama has been spotted in the best of British. On a previous visit in May 2011 Michelle arrived in the UK wearing a vibrant blue ensemble, consisting of a cropped jacket and matching pencil skirt with a printed blouse by Thornton Bregazzi, the Isle of Man couple who have become a New York Fashion Week fixture via Preen’s catwalk shows, while she arrived at Downing Street to meet David and Samantha Cameron in a purple wool-crepe dress by London Fashion Week favourite Roksanda Ilincic.

Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

FLOTUS has in fact become quite attached to the work of Thornton Bregazzi, wearing further looks by the designer duo during her husband's 2012 presidential election campaign. She also chose a dress by one of Kate Middleton's favourite British designers, Alexander McQueen, for a China State Dinner in 2011 as well as black pants and a white Victorian bustle shirt from the Resort 2011 collection for the 2013 Kids’ Inaugural Concert in January of this year.

For more of Michelle Obama's style, check out her fashion evolution in the gallery below...

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Michelle Obama at the The Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award luncheon - July 16, 2014

Michelle Obama at the White House, November 2013

Michelle Obama at 106 & Park at BET Studios, November 2013

Michelle Obama at Bell Multicultural High School, November 2013

Michelle Obama at Arlington National Cemetery, November 2013

Michelle Obama at the White House Kitchen Garden, October 2013

Michelle Obama departing the White House toward Marine One, September 2013

Michelle Obama at the Lincoln Memorial, August 2013

Michelle Obama at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, August 2013

Michelle Obama departing the White House for a trip to Africa, June 2013

Michelle Obama in Berlin, June 2013

Michelle Obama at Tegel Airport in Berlin, June 2013

Michelle Obama at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, June 2013

Michelle Obama at the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas, April 2013

Michelle Obama at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, April 2013

Michelle Obama at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, April 2013

Michelle Obama at McCormick Place in Chicago, February 2013

Michelle Obama during a skit with Jimmy Fallon, February 2013

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu at the inaugural ball, January 2013

Michelle Obama taking part in the Grass Roots Campaign, Oct 2012

Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese at the Demographic National Convention, Sept 2012

Michelle Obama in J Mendel at the Olympics, July 2012

Michelle Obama in a Marchesa gown at The White House, March 2012

Michelle Obama at the Healthier Future Summit, Nov 2011

Michelle Obama in Tom Ford at Buckingham Palace, July 2011

Michelle Obama in ASOS, July 2011

Michelle Obama in Barbara Tfank at Buckingham Palace, May 2011

Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen, Jan 2011

Michelle Obama at the World Leader Lunch, Sept 2010

Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan at a state dinner, Nov 2009

Michelle Obama in Thakoon at the G20 Summit opening dinner, Sept 2009

Michelle Obama at a NATO dinner in Azzedina Alaia, April 2009

Michelle Obama arriving in London in Jason Wu, March 2009

Michelle Obama opening the Stevie Wonder White House concert in Kai Milla, March 2009


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Bambooshoot (Tue Jun 18 13:01:52 BST 2013): Michelle opts for British Burberry Trench.