Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain visited the Massachusetts State House Monday and met with Governor Deval Patrick.
Just before 5 p.m., Cameron stepped out of a vehicle in a massive motorcade, made his way up to the middle landing of the State House steps, and shook hands with Patrick.
The staircase is almost exclusively reserved for visiting foreign dignitaries and departing governors.
Surrounded by a security detail, the two made their way into the State House, where Patrick could be heard telling the prime minister about the building’s history.
As they walked along a red carpet through the rotunda under the golden dome, Cameron could be seen pointing and nodding at historical displays.
The prime minister did not make any public statement and exited the governor’s office later in the evening without responding to press queries.
Patrick told reporters he had a “great” visit with the Prime Minister.
“We talked about some of the cooperation we have had around the innovation sectors,” the governor said.
Earlier Monday, Cameron met with President Barack Obama in Washington.
At a White House press conference, Cameron said he looked forward to coming to Boston and paying “tribute” to its people after last month’s Boston Marathon attacks, which he called “an appalling outrage.”
“I look forward to going there to pay my tribute to the people of that remarkable city and their courage, and we will always stand with you in the fight against terrorism,” said Cameron.Joshua Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.