(CBS) - President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama arrived for their state visit to England on Tuesday, bearing gifts for the British royal family.
The president and Mrs. Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II, who is hosting them at Buckingham Palace during their two-day visit, a leather-bound album filled with rare memorabilia and photographs highlighting her parents' (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) 1939 visit to the United States.
The present is considered by many to be a big upgrade from theMr. Obam gave the Queen in 2009, which was criticized at the time as tacky and impersonal.
The Queen's husband, Prince Phillip, an equestrian sports lover, was given a custom-made set of Fell Bony bits and skanks, as well as horseshoes worn by Jamaica, a retired U.S. champion carriage horse.
For Prince Charles and wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Mr. Obama and the first lady had a special selection of plants, seedlings, and seeds from the gardens of Mount Vernon, Monticellos and the South Lawn of The White House, as well as jars of honey from The White House beehive. Charles is a longtime advocate of sustainable and organic farming.
In return, the Queen presented the Obamas with a collection of letters from the royal archive between Queen Victoria and a handful of U.S. presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and John Quincy Adams.
Mrs. Obama also was given an antique, gold and coral brooch in the form of roses.The rose is the national flower of England.