THE Queen banned Barack Obama’s fleet of helicopters from landing on the lawn at Windsor Castle after scorching the grass five years ago.
Her majesty called the US president’s bevy of choppers “over the top”, meaning the Secret Service had to rethink their plans to land about six aircraft in the 300-year-old gardens of her main residence during his tour of the UK this week.
The Queen put her foot down and said there was no chance his extensive security backup would be accompanying him to Windsor Castle.
She said only three helicopters, including the president’s personal aircraft Marine One, could land on the lawn when Mr Obama, 54, and his wife, Michelle, 52, came for dinner with the Queen and Prince Philip to celebrate her 90th birthday.
Her insistence came after the president’s helicopters damaged the grass when half a dozen of them landed during his last visit in 2011.
The engines’ heat scorched the grounds and the wheels left divots in one of the UK’s oldest lawns, planted during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 1700s.
One royal source told the Daily Star Sunday: “It was a write-off and the Queen was not amused.”
An insider said US aides refused to change their plans on security grounds but came around to the Queen’s wishes eventually
“But Her Majesty refused to back down and said, ‘three helicopters only’.
“The Secret Service had to go away and think about their plan. The President’s officials were told that the Queen