British Ambassador to France

Sir Julian King KCVO CMG

Biography

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.

Career

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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Curriculum Vitae

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

  1. Director General, Economic and Consular

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. Permanent Secretary for the Northern Ireland Office

    • 2011 to 2014