Elizabeth II was delighted: it became known what "non-royal" gift from Barack Obama really impressed the monarchy
U.S. President Barack Obama gave Elizabeth II an unusual gift in 2009 that stunned the British queen. As British tabloids reported the other day, it was an Apple iPod with historical videos of her previous visits to America, starting in the 1950s.
The gift also contained a recording of Barack's inaugural address and his speech at the Democratic Party National Convention a year earlier, the Express reported, citing Barack Obama's words. The late British Queen met with then US President and First Lady Michelle Obama during the couple's visit to the royal residence in 2009.
The guests arrived in England for the G20 summit. It was in connection with the meeting that the exchange of gifts took place. Elizabeth II was familiar with the gadget: in 2005, at the suggestion of her son Prince Andrew, the Queen purchased a silver 6GB Ipod model. People close to the royal family said that at the time Her Majesty liked to listen to light music, but did not like rap and pop. So the gift was to Elizabeth II's liking.
Barack Obama did not hide his excitement about coming face-to-face with the Queen. He told the story of his decision to give an iPod after the monarch's death. Obama said that world leaders always exchange gifts when they meet and this time he wanted to give something really practical. The former president commented on the choice of gift as follows:
"She liked tunes from British Broadway shows, and the [new] iPod had just come out. I thought, well let's take the iPod and fill it with tunes from British shows."
After the encounter, British tabloids wrote about the inappropriateness of the gift, and Barack was convinced that Her Majesty used the gifted gadget frequently. The monarch "was delighted," the media added.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Elizabeth II was Queen of Great Britain for 70 years, until her death in September 2022. She hosted world leaders on state visits, where it was customary to exchange gifts. US presidents have often visited Buckingham Square, and Her Majesty hosted Donald Trump back in July 2019.