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Our Mission
DBE-logoThe Mission of the DBE, in keeping with the Organization’s objectives, is to bring together, in friendship, women of British and British Commonwealth birth or ancestry for charitable, cultural and educational purposes.The Daughters of the British Empire in the United States of America (“DBE”) welcomes all women residing in the USA who are of British or British Commonwealth birth or ancestry or whose partners are British or from the British Commonwealth.
Who We Are
toasting our QueenFounded in 1908, the DBE is a non-profit, philanthropic organization, the main beneficiaries of which are our four retirement homes for people of all nationalities Our membership is comprised of a diverse group of ladies from many different backgrounds but with a common heritage and common philanthropic cause. It is the source of close and long-term friendships.
Our District Homes
mountbattenHouseOur four retirement communities, for people of all nationalities, are based in Illinois, New York; Texas – Mountbatten House and, California. Each Home has its own characteristics but all are beautifully furnished, often with personal belongings of the residents. The public rooms are attractive and comfortable with a cheerful atmosphere.
How To Join
Centre Court TeaThe DBE welcomes all women residing in the USA who are of British or British Commonwealth birth or ancestry or whose partners are British or from the British Commonwealth. Contact our District Organizer who can help you to find the Chapter closest to you. For Anglophiles who do not qualify for full membership we offer a “Friends of the DBE” membership