Michelle Obama has managed to establish herself in her own right as a trend-setter, outside of the limelight of her husband’s US presidency.

The first lady looked dashing today (March 14th) alongside British counterpart Samantha Cameron, with both women proving they did not need their men to validate their importance.

Michelle looked calm and happy in a light blue ensemble that saw her shoulder-length hair flow nicely in the Washington fresh air, where the official welcoming ceremony of the UK representatives was taking place.

Michelle Obama matched her look with earrings, while Samantha clutched her hands as she sported a turquoise tunic dress and silver earrings.

British audiences may have the chance to clap eyes on the American beauty when she arrives for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics to be held in Stratford, London.

In a bid to get people in the US exercising, the first lady has instructed Americans to “tap into that Olympic spirit”.

15-03-12 1 First ladies stun on sunny day in DC