Former US ambassador to Great Britain dies

PTI Indian Wells (US) | Updated on November 15, 2017 Published on January 14, 2012

Charles Price II, a former US ambassador to Great Britain, who coordinated friendly relations between President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has died in California, a family spokesman has said. He was 80.

Price, who also served as Reagan’s ambassador to Belgium, died on Thursday night at his home in Indian Wells, family spokesman Michael Landes told The Associated Press. Landes said the family had asked him not to immediately release the cause of death.

Price was a friend of the Reagans and Thatcher, who he worked with in the aftermath of the 1988 Lockerbie airplane bombing in Scotland. Price toured the crash site and attended memorials with the prime minister for the 259 victims.

He also took part in treaty talks between the two nations as they sought to deal with the drug trade and Britain’s fight with the Irish Republican Army.

The ambassador held elaborate dinners for the heads of state at his London home, and hosted the American delegation attending the 1986 royal wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

He and his wife, Carol Swanson Price, were known for their style and entertaining on both sides of the Atlantic.

Both were philanthropists and led the effort to place a statue of President Dwight Eisenhower in London near the US embassy.

Published on January 14, 2012
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