Police were called to keep the crowds at bay after Beyonce and Jay-Z were mobbed in Havana, Cuba. The celebrity couple were celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in the island capital when they were surrounded by dozens of well-wishers. The law enforcement officers arrived at the renowned restaurant La Guarida on Wednesday night.
The famous couple's bodyguards' presence outside set the gritty, bustling neighbourhood of Centre Havana abuzz, and a crowd gathered downstairs shouting Beyonce's name until she went to a balcony and waved. Waitress Silvia Fernandez said Beyonce toured the eatery and looked at photos of past celebrity clients including Jack Nicholson, Jodie Foster, Danny Glover, Will Smith and James Belushi. 'She was beautiful, without a drop of makeup, very natural,' Fernandez said. 'What happened with the people was incredible.'
Police arrived and made sure she was able to exit without incident.
The 31-year-old singer cut a striking image, with her hair styled into cornrows.
She was wearing a patterned yellow ensemble which showed off her legs while rapper Jay-Z, 43, looked like the quintessential tourist in shorts, a blue T-shit and hat.
Washington's 51-year embargo makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba for mere tourism, although tens of thousands of Americans travel there each year on academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange visas. The Obama administration eased many of the restrictions in 2011, but tourists still need a special visa or to be part of an organized tour. In the past, artists who were challenged by the government have said they visited for cultural purposes.