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Obama gifts the Queen an iPod

world Updated: Apr 03, 2009 02:32 IST

Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t the only one on President Barack Obama’s gift list on Wednesday. He gave presents to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s wife, Sarah, and their two sons, too.

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama presented the queen with a rare coffee table book of songs by composers Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart that Rodgers had signed in May 1952.

But word that he also had given her an iPod created plenty of buzz as it conjured up images of the British monarch all plugged up, earbuds in place, and perhaps bopping to the 40 show tunes on the portable device.

To bring the 240-plus page book to life, the iPod was loaded with dozens of classic show tunes, including several from Camelot, which was based on the King Arthur legend, and My Fair Lady, which was set in London.

The iPod also includes photos and video from the queen’s 2007 visit to Virginia and Washington, photos from Obama’s January 20 inauguration and audio of his inauguration address. Sarah Brown received a crocheted black flower brooch, accented with pearls.

In return the queen and the prince gave the Obamas a signed portrait of themselves.