London, United Kingdom
In 2018 WHP hosted a birthday tribute to George Washington at the site of his statue in Trafalgar Square. This event was attended by dignitaries of the US Embassy, the French Embassy, WHP members and interested friends and the public.
The statue in Trafalgar Square was a gift from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1921 in celebration of 100 years of peace between the US and Great Britain.
The George Washington bronze statue was recently restored under a programme led by Honorary State Regent Holly Smith. The "Finding George" project grew rapidly from the restoration of one statue to over 24 statues located in the US, Great Britain, France, Columbia, Peru, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic.
Please contact us to gain a digital copy of the "Finding George" booklet.
St Paul's Cathedral
Members of the chapter join other Americans and ex-pats on Thanksgiving Day for a special invitation only service at St Paul's Cathedral. The service is held underneath the rotunda and features music, readings and a special address from the US Ambassador to the Court of St James's.
Some members also attend the annual Thanksgiving Dinner held at Benjamin Franklin House.
Earlier in the month, the Heritage League of the Second Air Division invites WHP Members to a Memorial Service in the America Chapel at St Paul's Cathedral. Click here to see the video about the American Chapel.
Walter Hines Page Tribute Service at Westminster Abbey
Organised by Jacqueline Wade and Nancy Jirtle, a tribute service to Ambassador Walter Hines Page took place in November 2018 outside the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey. The service was attended by U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson, a canon of Westminster and members of the DAR.
90th Anniversary Party
In 2015 we celebrated our 90th anniversary. The highlight of the celebrations was our 1920s themed dinner party at the Lansdowne Club in London. The 2nd Earl of Shelburne purchased the building in 1765 and as Secretary of State for the Southern Department and later Prime Minister, he was responsible for drafting what would become the Treaty of Paris, ending the American Revolution. Tradition holds that he held negotiations for the treaty in what is now the Club's Round Room Cocktail Bar.
More information about our 90th Anniversary can be found under Chapter History.