Embassy of Austria, London

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Embassy of Austria in London
Coordinates 51°29′54.6″N 0°9′16.9″W / 51.498500°N 0.154694°W / 51.498500; -0.154694Coordinates: 51°29′54.6″N 0°9′16.9″W / 51.498500°N 0.154694°W / 51.498500; -0.154694
Location Belgravia, London
Address 18 Belgrave Mews West, London, SW1X 8HU
Ambassador Emil Brix

The Embassy of Austria in London is the diplomatic mission of Austria in the United Kingdom.[1] Austria also maintain a Commercial Section at 45 Prince’s Gate, South Kensington and a Cultural Section at 28 Rutland Gate, South Kensington.[2]

History[edit]

The Austrian Habsburg Monarchy had a permanent delegation in London from 1677 onwards, it was upgraded to the embassy of the Austrian Empire in 1860. The residence was in Chandos House in Marylebone, before it moved to Belgravia in 1866, thus making this the only building used by the Austro-Hungarian Foreign Service that is still used today the Austrian government.[3]

Following the rupture of diplomatic relations between Austria-Hungary and Britain after the outbreak of the First World War the embassy was looked after first by the government of America and then that of Sweden. Following the end of that conflict the embassy was given to the government of the new state of Austria, though a dispute over ownership of the embassy with Hungary was not resolved until 1934.[4] Following the unification of Austria with Nazi Germany in 1938 the building was used as a German consulate, and was then looked after by the Swiss government following the outbreak of the Second World War.[5] After a brief period of use by the Ministry of Works Austria resumed occupation of the embassy in 1949 where it remains to this day.[6]

Gallery[edit]

Ambassadors of Austria[edit]

  1. Georg von und zu Franckenstein (1920-1938)
  2. Heinrich Schmid (1946-1950)
  3. Lothar Wimmer (1952-1955)
  4. Johannes Schwarzenberg (1955-1966)
  5. Josef Schöner (1966-1970)
  6. Wilfried Platzer (1970-1975)
  7. Kurt Enderl (1975-1978)
  8. Heinrich Gleissner (1979-1982)
  9. Reginald Thomas (1982-1987)
  10. Walter Magrutsch (1987-1993)
  11. Georg Hennig (1993-1996)
  12. Eva Nowotny (1997-2000)
  13. Alexander Christiani (2000-2003)
  14. Ernst Sucharipa (2004-2005)
  15. Gabriele Matzner-Holzer (2005-2009)
  16. Emil Brix (2010-present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The London Diplomatic List". 12 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "The London Diplomatic List". 12 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "History of the Austrian Embassy". 6 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "History of the Austrian Embassy". 6 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "History of the Austrian Embassy". 6 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "History of the Austrian Embassy". 6 December 2013. 

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