Sir Julian King KCVO CMG


Sir Julian King KCVO CMG was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the French Republic in 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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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

Previous roles in government

  • British Ambassador to France
  • Director General, Economic and Global Issues
  • Permanent Secretary for the Northern Ireland Office