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By Peter Granitz

As the political world eyes the future makeup of the British Parliament and Prime Minister post, the English Embassy is welcoming Americans in, in hopes of teaching them a few things about the UK.

Nigel Scheinwald is the British Ambassador to the United States. He says Washington residents understand British culture, customs and politics, perhaps more than others.

The embassy hosted a party Thursday evening to watch the election results trickle in. And this weekend, it opened up its doors to area residents to showcase British tradition, from a band covering popular Beatles songs to a history of the British military.

"I think there's quite a lot of interest in the UK and quite a lot of knowledge," says Scheinwald. "But people want to come and sample things they haven't sampled before or revisit things they've had."

Margaret Laufer is one of them. She says the ornate, manicured landscapes around the ambassador's home reminds her of her trip the to the UK more than 15 years ago.

"The gardens; the gardens are just phenomenal," she says.

Other EU embassies also welcomed residents this weekend as part of the annual EU Open Day.

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