Dedicated to the Franco-American friendship and the preservation of beauty, culture and the arts.
It is an irony that a place whose existence owes so much to poetry and artistry is now almost indefinable by either. Versailles is an opus that transcends the vocabulary, perhaps even the imagination of its creators. It exists as an unparalleled and final statement that is likely never to be repeated.
Pictured: Gretchen Leach, wife of US Ambassador to France; Prince and Princess Michael of Kent; Etienne Pinte, Mayor of Versailles; David and Catharine Hamilton, President and Founder of AFV (started in 1998); Michel Barnier, EU Brexit negotiator; Christine Albanel, President of the Château de Versailles; Bernard Niquet, technical advisor to the President of the Republic, at Le Grand Bal de Versailles 2004.
The American Friends of Versailles (AFV) is a 501(c)3 charitable corporation for improving and promoting a positive American-French relationship. AFV serves as a sister organization to the long established Les Amis de Versailles. The express purpose of the corporation is to encourage support of the Palace of Versailles and its gardens. AFV raises funds for seminars, educational exchanges, and specific restoration projects within the Palace and its magnificent park.