A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 3, 1983

No other nation has contributed more to the shaping of American history and culture than Great Britain. In part because of this special relationship, no other foreign country has been featured as often on TIME's cover. This week, as part of TIME's 60th anniversary, an exhibition of its 233 covers on British personalities and events opens at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Titled "Britain 1923-1983: an American View," the exposition traces U.S. perspectives on the pomp, politics and art of our closest ally.

Among the covers displayed are 77 political figures, 31 members...

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