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hey’re all grown up! That was the over­whelm­ing sen­ti­ment this week as Malia and Sasha Obama ac­com­pa­nied their mother, Michelle, on a Euro­pean trip to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tion for girls.

The First Daugh­ters of the US, aged 14 and 16, re­spec­tively, were the fo­cus of at­ten­tion as they touched down in the UK on Mon­day, wear­ing stylish and el­e­gant shift dresses.

UK news­pa­pers were quick to call at­ten­tion to their ma­tu­rity, say­ing how they had changed from “awk­ward teens to smart young style queens”. They re­mem­bered that the last time the two were on UK soil they had favoured “hood­ies and shape­less jumpers”.

“As they were on their hol­i­days at the time, the girls seemed less in­ter­ested in mak­ing fash­ion state­ments as they were with trawl­ing idyl­lic Ir­ish sights. But to­day the wardrobe trans­for­ma­tion in just two years was ev­i­dent as Malia and Sasha made their way to Num­ber 10 to meet Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron (48), and 44-year-old wife Sa­man­tha Cameron at Down­ing Street ... Strid­ing be­hind each other, poised and con­fi­dent, Malia (16) and Sasha Obama (14) seem to be the epit­ome of well­brought-up young ladies. Cut­ting el­e­gant fig­ures in vi­brant at­tire, the first daugh­ters of the United States have cer­tainly blos­somed since their last visit to the UK in 2013,” gushed the UK tabloid, the Daily Mail.

Their height was also re­marked upon as both are al­most as tall as their 1.8m mother.

Obama and her daugh­ters are on a week­long tour of Bri­tain and Italy to pro­mote her Let Girls Learn ini­tia­tive.

In Italy, Malia and Sasha were also the fo­cus of at­ten­tion as they did some shop­ping and vis­ited art gal­leries.

They later vis­ited the Mi­lan Cathe­dral on Thurs­day with their mother where they lit can­dles in mem­ory of the vic­tims of the church shoot­ing in South Carolina.

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