Pilgrims Society

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The Pilgrims Society, founded in 1902, is a British-American society established, in the words of American diplomat Joseph Choate, 'to promote good-will, good-fellowship, and everlasting peace between the United States and Great Britain'. Over the years it has boasted an elite membership of politicians, diplomats, businessmen, and writers who have included Henry Kissinger, Margaret Thatcher, Caspar Weinberger, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Henry Luce, Lord Carrington, Alexander Haig, Paul Volcker, Tom Kean and Walter Cronkite to mention a very few. It is notable for holding dinners to welcome into office each successive U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. The patron of the society is Queen Elizabeth II.

Office holders, as of 2012, are:

  • President - Admiral Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL
  • Chairman - Ronald M Freeman
  • Honorary Secretary - Sir Michael Craig-Cooper CBE TD DL
  • Honorary Treasurer - Ian E Barlow DL FCA