What is it that’s so glee-inducing about government agencies and diplomatic offices using pop culture memes? Is it that the sheen of formality of these official bodies is shattered a bit? Is it the comfort of knowing that the women and men leading us have a grip on the modern zeitgeist and technology?

In any case, whatever it is that makes this so delightful, today we got a fun display of an official embassy account tweeting out gifs of our favorite characters.

When the White House Historical Association posted a tweet about British troops setting fire to the White House 202 years ago today, the official account of the British Embassy in the U.S. responded with a Captain Picard facepalm gif and the note “Well this is a little embarrassing”:

This got even better, as the White House History non-profit replied with an admittedly adorable photo of Barack Obama and then-Prime Minister of the U.K. David Cameron.

Next in this saga: A Harry Potter thumbs up gif from the Brits.

Even more delightful: realizing a British Embassy managed to respond with gifs from two of the most beloved entertainment franchises of all time — both featuring Brits. Yes, we know you’re a small country but a great one, the one of Harry Potter, Patrick Stewart, and David Beckham’s right foot.

An enthusiast of time travel stories, film scores, avocados and Charades, Emily Rome is an alumna of Loyola Marymount University and a native of beautiful Washington State. Emily’s writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyNRome.