Barack Obama met the Queen at Buckingham Palace today and gave her a gift of an iPod loaded with video footage and photographs of her 2007 United States visit to Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg in Virginia. In return, the Queen gave the President a silver framed signed photograph of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh – apparently a standard present for visiting dignitaries.
It is believed the Queen already has an iPod, a 6GB silver Mini version she is said to have bought in 2005 at the suggestion
of Prince Andrew.
Pool reporter Richard Wolf of USA Today says that an Obama aide told him the President also gave the Queen a “rare songbook signed by Richard Rodgers”.
Earlier, Mr Obama had spoken of his admiration for Her Majesty but indicated that his wife was handling the details of their royal meeting. “There’s one last thing that I should mention that I love about Great Britain, and that is the Queen,” he said at the end of his joint press conference with Gordon Brown.
“And so I’m very much looking forward to meeting her for the first time later this evening. And as you might imagine, Michelle has been really thinking that through — because I think in the imagination of people throughout America, I think what the Queen stands for and her decency and her civility, what she represents, that’s very important.”
Mr Brown added: “Well, I know the Queen is looking forward to welcoming you and she’s very much looking forward to her discussion with you.”
There was widespread criticism in Britain and from Anglophiles in the US of Mr Obama’s recent present to Mr Brown of a box set of classic American movies on DVDs that were not compatible with British DVD players.