The British monarch traditionally provides a welcome gift for foreign dignitaries on state visits.
The Trumps have officially arrived for their hotly anticipated (and heavily protested) three-day state visit to the U.K. and the traditional festivities are underway. In addition to the ceremonial welcome to Buckingham Palace by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Camilla, the U.S. president and first lady have also already participated in another special state visit tradition: receiving gifts from Queen Elizabeth.
In Trump’s case, that present came in the form of an abridged first edition of Winston Churchill’s The Second World War. Originally published between 1948 and 1953, Churchill’s series of histories on WWII were pulled from his own notes on the conflict, during which he served as England’s Prime Minister. The abridged copy received by Trump was reportedly printed in 1959 and is covered in gold-tooled crimson with gilt edges and cypher as well as silk endpapers and hand-sewn headbands in the colors of the American flag.
Trump is said to be a longtime fan of the iconic British PM—press secretary Sarah Sanders posted a photo of him sitting in Churchill’s chair during his working visit to the U.K. last year—making the the gift a special, personal touch.
Along with the book, the president also received a set of Duofold pens—a fountain pen, a rollerball, and a ballpoint pen—in the Queen’s exclusive design.
Whether or not Queen Elizabeth received any gifts from the Trumps in return, or what those might have been, has not been announced at the time of publication.