Embassy of the United Kingdom, Washington, D.C.

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British Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°55′11″N 77°03′40″W / 38.91972°N 77.06111°W / 38.91972; -77.06111
LocationWashington, D.C.
Address3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
AmbassadorSir Peter Westmacott
WebsiteOffice website
 
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British Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°55′11″N 77°03′40″W / 38.91972°N 77.06111°W / 38.91972; -77.06111
LocationWashington, D.C.
Address3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
AmbassadorSir Peter Westmacott
WebsiteOffice website

The British Embassy in Washington, D.C. is the United Kingdom's diplomatic mission to the United States. It is located at 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (marking the northern end of Embassy Row) in Washington, D.C..

Consulates[edit source | edit]

The embassy also operates Consulates-General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, and San Francisco as well as a consulate in Orlando.

Area[edit source | edit]

British Ambassador's Residence

The embassy is situated in a compound that is home to both the ambassador's residence and the old and new chanceries. The residence was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens to resemble an English country manor, with the old chancery facing the street. By the 1960s, the old chancery was deemed too cramped, and the new chancery, designed by chief architect Eric Bedford, was built. Part of the old chancery was converted into staff quarters, and the rest is currently occupied by the offices of the British Council. The British government was the first nation to build an embassy in the area that would later become known as Embassy Row.

Winston Churchill, 1965 by William McVey

Outside the British ambassador's residence stands a statue of Winston Churchill. One of the statue's feet is inside the marked embassy grounds; the other is within the District of Columbia. The embassy's website states that this symbolizes Churchill's Anglo-American parentage (his father was British, his mother American) and his status as an honorary citizen of the United States.[1]

Like all the embassies of all other European Union member-states, the flag of the European Union flies alongside the national flag. The British Embassy is notable for having the European flag flying lower, rather than at the same level, as the Union Flag.[citation needed]

Staff[edit source | edit]

The embassy is one of the largest in Washington, employing 210 diplomats and approx 250 additional staffers. The current ambassador as of January 2012 is Sir Peter Westmacott.

Events[edit source | edit]

On February 11, 1964, a reception was held for John Lennon there.[2]

On July 7, 2005, the United States Army Band played "God Save the Queen" outside the embassy in remembrance of the victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombings. This mirrored the British remembrance service to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks when "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played outside Buckingham Palace. [3]

Film depiction[edit source | edit]

The embassy was depicted in fiction in the 2006 BBC Television miniseries The State Within.

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