Dr Richard Smith

Dr Richard Smith

FCDO Principal Historian

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18th April 2021 London, UK

Dr Richard Smith

by Dr Richard Smith

FCDO Principal Historian

FCDO Historians explain the Duke of Edinburgh’s unique contribution to international affairs

Photo of Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Philip on her Silver Jubilee tour in New Zealand in 1977.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was one of the world’s most travelled men. As well as accompanying Her Majesty The Queen on all of her official overseas visits, he made over 620 solo visits to 143 countries on behalf of Britain, the Commonwealth and the many causes he supported. Prince Philip travelled to […]

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23rd October 2020 London, UK

Dr Richard Smith

by Dr Richard Smith

FCDO Principal Historian

The Foreign Office and the creation of the UN

Pub quiz question: where was the first meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly held? Answer: London, in the Methodist Central Hall on 10 January 1946. London features heavily in early UN history. The Security Council met for the first time in Church House, Westminster, the following week. Church House was also the location for […]

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2nd September 2014 London, UK

Dr Richard Smith

by Dr Richard Smith

FCDO Principal Historian

Wartime in Paris: an Ambassador tweets

Dr Richard Smith reveals an exciting new Twitter project by the FCO Historians In 1914 Sir Francis Bertie held the plum posting in the British Diplomatic Service—the ambassadorship to Paris. Not only did it carry a yearly salary of £11,500 (the Foreign Secretary was paid just £5,000) but the Ambassador also got to live at […]

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About Dr Richard Smith

Dr Richard Smith is Principal Historian at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and editor of 'Documents on British Policy Overseas'.

Dr Richard Smith is Principal Historian at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and editor of 'Documents on British Policy Overseas'.

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