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Obamas and the Royals Exchange Gifts

No electronic gadgets this year. BTW, the White House claims the Queen requested the iPod she got from Obama in 2009.

From the White House:

The President and Mrs. Obama gave Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II a collection of rare memorabilia and photographs in a handmade leather bound album that chronologically highlights her parents’ (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) visit to the United States in 1939.  As the 1939 visit was the first such trip to the United States by a reigning British monarch, this gift contains both historic and personal value.

For His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the President and Mrs. Obama gave a custom-made set of Fell Pony bits and shanks, as well as original horseshoes worn by recently retired champion carriage horse Jamaica.  The Duke of Edinburgh has a keen interest in equestrian sports and specifically in carriage driving.  Designed in Colorado and made in Ohio, the set includes several interchangeable bits and each shank is engraved with the Presidential Seal.  A slaughterhouse rescue horse, Jamaica rose to the top of carriage horse competition and was named the 2008 United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year.

For His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, the President and Mrs. Obama gave a special selection of plants, seedlings and seeds from the gardens of Mount Vernon, Monticello and the South Lawn of The White House, as well as jars of honey from The White House beehive.  This one-of-a-kind collection is presented in a specially handcrafted wooden box made from a Magnolia tree that fell on the grounds of The White House during the snowstorm of February 2009.  Magnolia trees have been a fixture on the South Lawn of The White House since the mid-nineteenth century.

From the palace staff:

The Obamas were given “a selection of letters taken from the royal Archives to and from a number of presidents to Queen Victoria commencing with a letter from John Quincy Adams writing to Princess Victoria in 1834, a final letter by William McKinley in 1897 to Queen Victoria marking her diamond Jubilee year. The volume includes letters and watercolors regarding the Prince of Wales’ trip to the U.S. in 1860 and letters in response to the death of the Prince Consort and Abraham Lincoln. The documents have been bound in book form, red leather with gold lettering and presented in a presentation box.”

“The letters are facsimiles.”

“Mrs. Obama was given an antique broach in the form of roses made of gold and red coral, presented in a red leather jewel box made in the same leather as the book. In that broach, the leaves and stems were made of gold and the roses were made of red coral.”

Some copies of the letters were on display during the Queen’s tour of her gallery, including letters between Queen Victoria and Mary Todd Lincoln on the death of Abraham Lincoln.

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11 Responses to Obamas and the Royals Exchange Gifts

  1. Doesn’t any gift given our president go in some warehouse? What a mixed bag of weirdly appropriate-SOUNDING but useless stuff.

    Anyone see the fashions? The NYT said our first lady was usually incredibly chic…I quit reading.

  2. Yes…one can tell by the gift selection that the 2012 elections have been taken into consideration. They’ve had enough gaffes on the trip…the Beast becoming beached among them. This morning the Columbus Dispatch had five devastating pictures from Joplin, MO on page 2 and Obama raising his glass of Guinness on the facing page. It looked unbelievably detached.

  3. Well, they seemed to have learned something from the last visit.

    I have to laugh that our MoochMO was giving horse stuff to the Prince.

  4. The gifts given by the British palace was very classy, appropriate and very valuable. It will be especially valuable in the Library of Congress. I would love to view the correspondence especially between Queen Victoria & Mrs. Lincoln since I’ve studied the life of Mrs. Lincoln after her husband’s death. She went into poverty.

    The gifts the Obamas gave this time around was very appropriate. They learned their lesson.

    Gifts given by the England don’t go in a warehouse. They are put on display in a museum or kept in the White House like the Churchill bust.