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During a State Visit, Queen Elizabeth II rides her horse in Windsor Great Park with President Ronald Reagan in the United Kingdom in 1982.Tim Graham—Getty Images
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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders dressed in traditional Indonesian batik wave during a photo session prior to their meeting in Bogor, Indonesia on Nov. 15, 1994.
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U.S. President George W. Bush talks with and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the official photograph for the APEC Summit in Hanoi
February 8, 2007. Tingoli Village, Northern Province, Ghana. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are honored by the Dagumba people of Tingoli with a gift of traditional attire, which they wear with joy.
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All the Presidents' Looks: 9 Pictures of Commanders-in-Costume

Nov 10, 2014

It's not every day when the pageantry of leading the free world looks so specifically like an actual pageant. But indeed, when Presidents of the United States don the traditional garb of the country they're visiting, just about anything can happen.

From the hilariously uncomfortable (Putin, Bush, ponchos) to the kind-of-awesome (Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter's colorful threads in Ghana), here's photographic evidence that sometimes diplomacy requires more wardrobe changes than a Cher concert.

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