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Obama makes light of toast hiccup at Queen banquet

President Obama has joked that a musical mistake during his toast to the Queen was "like a soundtrack" to his speech.

The US president lightheartedly told Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that he thought it added a film-like crescendo to his words.

The string orchestra of the Scots Guard mistakenly began playing the British national anthem before the president had finished his address during a banquet at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night.

Mr Obama carried on talking over the start of God Save The Queen and raised his glass to the Queen before the music had finished.

However, the Queen did not appear to be offended and thanked the leader for his "very kind" words.