Sir Julian King KCVO CMG was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the French Republic in succession to Sir Peter Ricketts GCMG GCVO, who retired from the Diplomatic Service in January 2016. Sir Julian took up his appointment on 1 February 2016.
Julian King was appointed Director-General Economic & Consular at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in June 2014. Previous to this post, Julian was appointed Director General of the Northern Ireland Office in November 2011 to June 2014, Julian was Ambassador to Ireland from 2009 to 2011. He has served in a number of posts (Brussels, New York, Paris, Luxembourg, The Hague, Lisbon) as well as in London. From 2008 to 2009 he worked in the European Commission, on secondment, heading the Office of the British Commissioner. He was appointed CMG in 2006 and CVO in 2011, following the historic first state visit to Ireland by Her Majesty the Queen.
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|Full name:||Sir Julian King KCVO CMG|
|Married to:||Lotte Knudsen|
|2014 – 2016||FCO, Director-General Economic & Consular|
|2011 – 2014||Director General of the Northern Ireland Office|
|2009 – 2011||Dublin, Her Majesty’s Ambassador|
|2008 – 2009||EU Commission, Chef de Cabinet to British Commissioner|
|2004 – 2008||UK Rep Brussels, UK Representative on EU Political and Security Committee|
|2003 – 2004||UKMis New York, Counsellor|
|1998 – 2003||UKRep Brussels, First Secretary later Counsellor working on enlargement|
|1994 – 1998||FCO, Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary of State|
|1990 – 1994||FCO, Second later First Secretary working on NATO and European Defence|
|1987 – 1990||Paris, Third later Second Secretary, Ecole Nationale d’Administration; later Private Secretary to Her Majesty’s Ambassador|
|1985 – 1987||Joined FCO, worked on Latin America and Western Europe|
British Ambassador to France
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.
Previous roles in government
Director General, Economic and Consular
- 2014 to 2016
Permanent Secretary for the Northern Ireland Office
- 2011 to 2014