May 24th, 2011
11:40 AM ET
Presenting a gift to the Queen of England can always be a tricky affair – just ask the Obamas, who faced criticism after presenting the Queen with an iPod two years ago.
Though perennially on top of most people's wish list, some etiquette critics at the time thought an iPod was a tad declasse for someone of the Queen's stature.
This year it appears the first couple went a safer route – offering the Queen “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,” according to the White House.
Of course, the Obamas were on receiving end of all this gift-giving as well. They were presented with "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,” according to the palace.
And, "Mrs. Obama was given an antique broach in the form of roses made of gold and red coral.”