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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 have included Henry Kissinger
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, Casper Weinberger, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Henry Luce
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, Alexander Haig
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, Paul Volcker
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, Tom Kean and Walter Cronkite
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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
Elizabeth II is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize,...
Office holders, as of 2011, 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