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The White House Historical Association released a new episode of “The White House 1600 Sessions” podcast today featuring a conversation with Dame Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the United States, about the unique nature of the U.S. - British Alliance. In the episode, Stewart McLaurin, president of the Association, and Dame Pierce sat down ahead of the coronation of King Charles III to discuss how the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States continues to evolve with each new government and administration.

“It’s wonderful to have occasions like the coronation to remind people in both countries of the history that we come from,” said McLaurin. “History is vitally important. So much of American history can be taught through the prism of the White House itself and the decisions that have been made there. The same could be said for the monarchy which has existed for over one thousand years.”

King Charles III will be crowned almost 70 years to the day of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Ambassador Pierce recalls the numerous trips both have made to the United States, and their affinity for the American people. It is a feeling shared by Dame Pierce, a longtime diplomat who is the first woman to be named British Ambassador to the U.S.

“The potential of America is absolutely vast, and it is an enormous pleasure and honor to be able to be one of America's closest allies and America's friend, too,” said Ambassador Pierce. “We see our role as problem solving, burden sharing and helping America lead in the world because that is the safest and best and most secure way to prosperity and to maintain open societies.”

Watch the full video of this podcast episode on the Association’s YouTube channel here.

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White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin. McLaurin is the host of “The White House 1600 Sessions,” the Association’s official audio and video podcast devoted to exploring the history, cultural impact, untold stories, and personal accounts of America’s most iconic residence and highest office.

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About the White House Historical Association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $115 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

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