It was a 'bittersweet moment' for the Obamas on Tuesday as they welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife for an official visit and the final state dinner of the president's time in office.
Michelle Obama dazzled the crowd at her final state dinner as first lady, in a floor-length rose gold chainmail gown.
The final state dinner of Barack Obama's presidency featured a mix of guests from the worlds of fashion, politics, media, finance and the arts.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait to greet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini on the North Portico for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington last night.
Michelle Obama looked stunning in an Atelier Versace chainmail rose gold dress next to President Obama who looked dashing in his tux.
President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi shared a brief hug on the North Portico as they greeted each other on Tuesday evening.
The leaders of the USA and Italy, and their wives, stood together at the top of the red carpeted stairs ahead of the final state dinner.
US First Lady Michelle Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi chat to each other as they walk into the state dinner.
US President Barack Obama delivers a toast during the State Dinner with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House in Washington.
US singer Gwen Stefani performed at a state dinner for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, hosted by US President Barack Obama.
Singer Gwen Stefani and her partner, fellow singer Blake Shelton, speak with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at the dinner.