President Obama and the First Lady met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ( the newly married Prince William and Kate Middleton). Prime Minister David Cameron and the President will hold talks on Wednesday which are likely to focus on Libya and the Middle East. In a joint statement in The Times, Mr Obama and Mr Cameron said of their countries’ relationship: ‘Ours is not just a special relationship, it is an essential relationship – for us and the rest of the world.’
The First Family will spend two nights at the palace as guests of the queen, staying in a six-room suite last used by Prince William and Kate Middleton on their wedding night.
“‘The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave President Obama copies of letters from the Royal Archives to and from a number of Presidents of the USA to Queen Victoria, commencing with a letter from John Quincy Adams writing to Princess Victoria in 1834. The final letter in the collection was written by William McKinley in 1897 to Queen Victoria marking her Diamond Jubilee year. The volume includes letters and watercolours regarding The Prince of Wales’ trip to the US in 1860 and letters in response to the death of the Prince Consort and Abraham Lincoln. The documents were bound in a red leather book.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave Mrs. Obama an antique brooch in the form of a rose made of gold and red coral, presented in a red leather jewel box.
The President and Mrs. Obama gave The Queen a leather-bound album containing rare memorabilia and photographs in chronicalling King George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the United States in 1939.
The President and Mrs. Obama gave The Duke of Edinburgh a custom-made set of Fell Pony bits and shanks, as well as original horseshoes worn by recently retired champion carriage horse Jamaica. A slaughterhouse rescue horse, Jamaica rose to the top of carriage horse competition and was named the 2008 United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year.”‘