A former prime minister of the United Kingdom will visit Boston next year for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing.
During his visit, Sir John Major will receive the New England Historic Genealogical Society's Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Public Service.
Major succeeded Margaret Thatcher, serving as prime minister from 1990 to 1997. Britain saw its longest period of continuous economic growth and the beginning of the Northern Ireland peace process during his tenure. Queen Elizabeth II knighted Major in 2005.
"This is truly an international event, and Sir John's participation highlights the many important historical, cultural, and political bonds between the United Kingdom and the United States over four centuries," said Brenton Simons, president and CEO of American Ancestors and NEHGS.
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The United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the Wampanoag Nation are working together for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing.