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Royal gifts to Barack Obama include tea set, Cameron gives dog toy

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The British royal family's gifts to Barack and Michelle Obama have been revealed.

An annual filing at the US State Department's protocol office has documented the presents offered to the US president during 2011, BBC News reports.

Barack Obama, The Queen

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Barack Obama with the Queen

British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama

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David Cameron and Barack Obama



During that year, the Queen gave Barack Obama a red leather-bound volume entitled A Selection of Papers from the Royal Archives 1834-1897, and gave the First Lady a brooch.

She also handed over signed photographs of herself to a number of senior aides at the White House.

Prince Charles gave the Obamas a 15-piece tea set, while David Cameron gave the Obama family a large tapestry with an eagle and American flag on it, as well as a "bone-shaped chew toy with United Kingdom flag". That is presumed to have been for Bo, the family's 4-year-old dog.

The Camerons also gave the US president's daughters Sasha and Malia silver bracelets.

The gifts from the royal family and David Cameron came to a total of £4,606 ($7,137).

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave the Obamas a variety of luxury gifts that reached a value of £26,910 ($41,676).

US custom means that the majority of gifts from foreign leaders are not kept but placed in the US National Archives.

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