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Sir Peter Westmacott
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Sir Peter Westmacott, KCMG, LVO became British Ambassador to the United States in January 2012. This is his second posting in Washington, having previously served as the British Embassy’s Counsellor for Political and Public Affairs in the mid-1990s. Prior to his service as Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Westmacott served as the British Ambassador to France—from 2007 to 2011—and as Ambassador to Turkey starting in 2002. Ambassador Westmacott’s forty-year career in the British Diplomatic Service has included postings in Tehran and Brussels, time as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Director for the Americas, and a seat on the board of the Foreign Office as Deputy Under Secretary. In addition, Ambassador Westmacott served as Deputy Private Secretary to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales from 1990 to 1993. Ambassador Westmacott’s personal connection to the United States extends back even further than his diplomatic posting. In 1942, his father was a sailor on the HMS Illustrious as it underwent repairs in Norfolk, Virginia to recover from damage inflicted during fighting at Malta. Ambassador Westmacott was born in the village of Edington, Somerset in the South West of England in December 1950. He was educated at New College Oxford and joined the Diplomatic Service in 1972. He married Susie Nemazee in 2001; together they have four grown children: Oliver, Laura, Rupert and Safieh.

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The Beatles Rock the British Embassy Yet Again, 50 Years On

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 1:39 PM

As every American with a TV or an Internet connection now knows, last week marked 50 years since the Beatles first rocked the United States with their sensational first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Half a million people applied for the 700 available studio tickets. Some 73 million watched...

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There's No Downton It -- Americans Love Brit Culture

(3) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 10:44 AM

A new season of Downton Abbey is a cause for celebration for millions of Brits and Americans alike. Just before Christmas, I spoke at a packed advance screening of Downton Abbey season four, hosted by Sharon Rockefeller, the Chief Executive of WETA, the PBS affiliate here in Washington....

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Prosperity Knocks

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 2:17 PM

"Prosperity, that errant daughter who went astray, is on our threshold. She has raised her hand to the knocker on the door. What shall we do? Shall we let her in? Or shall we drive her away?"

So said Winston Churchill in 1926, speaking about Britain's recovery after the First...

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Protecting Women & Girls in Crisis

(19) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Women and girls are even more at risk in crisis situations, particularly flood, famine, and conflict.

In recent years, the UK has used its convening power to bring the international community together...

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For a Change, Something Nice to Say About the US Congress

(6) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 5:47 PM

I have had the privilege of being in the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol twice in the last two days -- for two very different events. Both served as reminders of the power and integrity of U.S. democracy at its best, and the role which its institutions have played,...

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Study in the UK -- Change the World!

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 10:55 AM

Yesterday evening, I had the privilege of hosting the 2013 class of Marshall Scholars, just before they jet off to begin their studies in the UK. It was no surprise to learn that they are, as always, a collection of exceptional young Americans. One, Katie Davidson, is an officer in...

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You Cannot Be Serious! Brit Wins Wimbledon

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 8:53 AM

The last time a Brit won the men's singles title at Wimbledon, Edward VIII was on the Throne, FDR was in the White House, and a Hershey bar cost a nickel. In the same year, 1936, Jesse Owens won the 100 meters at the Berlin Olympics and Gone With the...

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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones

(12) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 10:30 AM

Her Majesty the Queen was not the only British institution to pass a milestone last year. In November, the Rolling Stones celebrated the 50th anniversary of their very first performance, at London's Marquee Jazz Club. Tonight, the Stones take their '50 & Counting' tour to the 20,000-seater Verizon Center in...

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Britain's Commitment to Somalia's Future

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 9:27 AM

For the first time in more than 22 years, the United Kingdom has an embassy in Mogadishu. When Foreign Secretary William Hague raised the Union Flag over the new offices on April 25, the UK became the first EU country to return to the Somali capital since the...

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Downton Fever Hits the British Embassy

(3) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 4:17 PM

Across America, anticipation is running high for next month's U.S. release of Downton Abbey season three. To celebrate, we held a Downton-themed party on Thursday evening at the Ambassador's Residence in Washington. Guests included several members of the cast, some of the show's producers and executives from PBS, its American...

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The Paralympics Return to Their Roots

(4) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 1:26 PM

There are few sporting events more inspiring than the Paralympic Games. Over the two weeks of competition that follow tonight's opening ceremony, more than four thousand of the world's most amazing athletes will beat the odds that nature or accident has dealt them to participate in some 471 events at...

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Winning Gold in the Green Race

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 2:42 PM

Today the UK is being recognized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), for its efforts and achievement in energy efficiency. The ACEEE believes that "a country that uses less energy to achieve the same or better results reduces costs and pollution, creating a stronger, more...

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Embassy Open House: Experience GREAT Britain in Washington

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 12:46 PM

What is the first thing you think of when you think "United Kingdom?"

Maybe it's Buckingham Palace and the generations of kings and queens who have ruled the British Isles since Roman times. Maybe it's the plays and poems of William Shakespeare, or the fortunes of your...

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Strengthening Trade for Security and Prosperity

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 7:58 PM

Today the U.S./U.K. Defence Trade Cooperation treaty comes into effect. In a ceremony presided by Rose Gottemoeller, the acting U.S. Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, our two countries finalized an agreement originally signed five years ago to strengthen our mutual security and build our shared prosperity.

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The Innovation Generation

(6) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 6:00 PM

After just six weeks in this fascinating job, I can hardly believe how much I am learning. South Carolina and Florida in my first 10 days to get a flavour of the Republican presidential candidates race, some time in Washington finding my feet and rediscovering old friends, then three days...

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A Pivotal Period in Britain's History

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 2:53 PM

It has been a whirlwind three weeks since my arrival in Washington. I've visited the White House to present my credentials to President Obama and watched from the House gallery as he delivered his State of the Union address. I've travelled outside of D.C., seeing the...

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An Honour and a Privilege: Serving at the Heart of the Special Relationship

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 1:10 PM

It is an immense privilege to return to Washington as British Ambassador, and a great honour to serve at the heart of a relationship that is not just special, but -- as our respective leaders have said -- essential.

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I begin my...

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