On 11 May the British Embassy in Washington opened its doors to the public for the annual EU Open House Day. We showcased UK culture, heritage, innovation and creativity: a bit of everything that makes Britain GREAT. Visitors were able to interact with multiple exhibits, tour the Ambassador’s residence and gardens, and learn more about why the UK remains a fantastic destination for travel, study and business.
While in Washington, Prince Harry visited the US Senate to tour HALO’s photographic exhibition and meet with US senators.
Prince Harry is Patron of HALO’s 25th Anniversary Appeal. He was accompanied by Guy Willoughby from the Trust and US Senator John McCain.
(Photos - Top: Prince Harry views HALO’s photographic exhibition at the US Capitol. Bottom: Prince Harry visits HALO Mozambique via the HALO Trust on Flickr)
Prince Harry began a seven-day tour of the USA on 9 May 2013, with visits to Washington DC, Colorado, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
(Photo: Prince Harry at a May 2012 reception at the British ambassador’s residence in Washington in honour of British and American wounded warriors.)
Join us on 11 May from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to celebrate UK culture, heritage, innovation and creativity: a bit of everything that makes Britain GREAT. The embassy will open its doors to the public for the annual EU Day Open House. See for yourself why the UK remains a fantastic destination for travel, study and business investment
While in Washington this week, UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond met US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon. The two defence secretaries discussed the situations in Syria, Iran and Afghanistan as well as shared acquisition programmes.
(DOD photos by US Marine Corps Sgt Aaron Hostutler)
City Soccer and Manchester City FC come to Washington!
On 2 April, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Washington, Philip Barton, took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new state-of-the art, all-weather artificial turf football field for one of the most heavily used fields in Washington, located at Marie H. Reed Elementary School. A gift from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and Manchester City Football Club, Barclays English Premier League Champions, the field is a sign that football, a GREAT British sport, is gaining popularity in the US. Through the “City Soccer in the Community” program, this field will provide after-school soccer coaching for local children to engage in sport.
British Army Major Sets Guinness World Record At US Marine Corps Marathon
A group of British Army servicemen and women competed in the 37th Annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC on 28 October, with one soldier, Major Iain Church, completing the marathon while wearing his 65+ lbs protective bomb disposal suit - breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon time while wearing a protective bomb disposal suit.
British Army Major Iain Church sets Guinness World Record at the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon!
A group of British Army servicemen and women competed in the 37th Annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC on 28 October, with one soldier, Major Iain Church, completing the marathon while wearing his 65+ lbs protective bomb disposal suit - breaking the the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon time while wearing a protective bomb disposal suit.
Soldiers from the British Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) & Search Group, responsible for conducting bomb disposal and high risk search tasks, had three 5-person teams running, aiming to raise funds and awareness about the plight of soldiers wounded in the course of their bomb disposal duties.
The teams were supported by the Allied Forces Foundation, a British-American foundation dedicated to supporting soldiers in both countries. The Foundation supported teams in the past two Marine Corps Marathons, fielding a growing number of runners each year. The EOD & Search Group were joined by soldiers from the 11th Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers this year.