October 14, 2014
Sir Robert Worcester KBE DL, “Churchill and Roosevelt: Founders of the Special Relationship”, The American Museum in Britain, Bath
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14 October 2014, Sir Robert Worcester KBE DL, “Churchill and Roosevelt: Founders of the Special Relationship”, The American Museum in Britain, Bath
Good evening. I’m glad to be back to Bath for the American Museum. When I chaired the Pilgrim Society I had the very great pleasure to lead a delegation of Pilgrims on a memorable visit to the Museum. We did enjoy our visit, probably eight in ten British and the rest resident Yanks. The American Museum gave us yet another reason to take pride in the ‘Special Relationship’ between our two countries: the country of my birth and my country of adoption.
But I have a confession to make. The title of my speech tonight is missing one thing: a query. For, you see, I’m wearing a different hat tonight as you’ve heard, that of Chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, as you will see if you get up close and can read my lapel pin. Magna Carta 800th, 1215 -2015.
For I believe that the Special Relationship started long before Winston Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain’ speech in Fulton, Missouri, in 1946, when he coined the phrase. Many others also believe this.