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Jonathan Knott

Former British ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Part of UK in Hungary

12th November 2013 Budapest, Hungary


We held the annual ceremony of remembrance on Sunday. The ceremony was led by a selection of local religious figures from the Christian and Jewish faiths. And Ambassadors from many countries, together with Tamas Vargha Parliamentary State Secretary of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence, came to lay wreaths.

Remembrance Day 2013

It was a moving and a memorable morning as the sun shone down on the Solymar cemetery. The 2 minute silence was particularly touching. A single trumpeter sounded The Last Post to start it and the Reveille to end it. The police were even good enough to stop the traffic on the road which goes past the cemetery for those 2 minutes. All you could hear was birdsong and the breeze.

Remembrance Day 2013

It was also really good to share the morning with people from the local community who wanted with us to remember those who had fallen in the defence of our countries and of our values. Many came to the event from many nations; young and old. Parents explaining to their children the meaning of the poppies we wear and going with them between the graves, looking at the names and ages of those we remember. Passing on tradition and family lore.

Remembrance Day 2013

The whole morning was a great chance to renew friendships and make some new ones. I don’t get enough chances to just have a chat with members of the British community. And, like at the Guy Fawkes party I went to last week, I enjoyed chewing the fat with fellow Brits.

But, of course, the real point of the morning was to remember the fallen. Those to whom we owe so much. And those who, without these sorts of ceremonies, it is all too easy to forget in our rushed, full modern lives. We owe it to them to offer our thanks regularly. And to remember the tragedy of war. Lest we forget.

Remembrance Day 2013

About Jonathan Knott

Jonathan Knott was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary in March 2011 and arrived in Budapest in February 2012 to take up his post. He left this post on April…

Jonathan Knott was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to
Hungary in March 2011 and arrived in Budapest in February 2012 to take
up his post. He left this post on April 2015.
He has previously held a variety of diplomatic posts at home and
abroad, several with a particular focus on commercial and corporate
finance issues. Jonathan has served in a number of positions in the
British Diplomatic Service since joining in 1988:
Before his appointment was Deputy Head of Mission and Director for Trade and Investment in South Korea from 2008 to 2011.Between 2005 and 2008 he held the post of Deputy Finance Director in the FCO.From 2000 to 2005 he served as First Secretary (Trade, Corporate Affairs and Finance Negotiator) in UKDel OECD Paris.From 1996 to 2000 he was First Secretary (Head of Political/Economic/Aid Section) in Mexico.From 1995 to 1996 he worked in the FCO as Deputy European Correspondent at the EU Directorate.Between 1991 and 1995 he served as Third later Second Secretary (Political / Press and Public Affairs) in Havana.From 1990 to 1991 he was Desk Officer in the FCO’s First Gulf War Emergency Unit.Between 1988 and 1990 he worked as Desk Officer in the FCO in the Anti Drugs Cooperation Department.
Jonathan holds an MA in law from Oxford University, and he is a
member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He speaks
English, French, Spanish and Hungarian. He is married to Angela Susan
Knott and has one daughter and two sons.

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