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National Society of the Daughters of the British Empire


For one hundred years, The Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) in the U.S.A. has been a common bond for women of British heritage living in America. Members, joining together in fellowship, contribute significantly to the good of their local communities and support the four retirement homes for men and women established by the DBE.

The DBE is a charitable, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian, voluntary American society of women of British or Commonwealth birth or ancestry. Its members are professionals, businesswomen and homemakers with common interests and heritage, who meet regularly for business and social events with the common cause of philanthropy.

The society was founded in the United States on March 15, 1909, as the Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire in the U.S.A., and became the National Society, Daughters of the British Empire in the U.S.A. in 1920. The National Society is incorporated in the state of Delaware.

The Society is affiliated with the Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire in Canada (I.O.D.E.); the Victoria League, London England; and the General Federation of Women's Clubs in the United States.

The Honorary President of the DBE is the wife of the British Ambassador to the U.S. or the Ambassador himself.


The DBE helps to support four District Homes with regular contributions made possible by fundraising events, such as fashion shows, auctions, international festivals, bazaars, etc. held by Chapters and/or States. Many members have personal contact with their District Home and its residents and help with entertainment and activities.

The Society provides a large network of members across the United States, which can ease the transition for National and International relocations for members and potential members through our common background and understanding. It is the source of close and long-term friendships.

Most Chapters and State Societies may also participate in philanthropic endeavors in their own communities.

For more information on the National Society of the DBE, including details on other State organizations, and the annual National Convention, please visit the DBE National website (dbenational.org).