Italy–United Kingdom relations

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British–Italian relations
Map indicating locations of United Kingdom and Italy

United Kingdom

Diplomatic Mission
Embassy of the United Kingdom, Rome Embassy of Italy, London

British–Italian relations, also referred to as Anglo-Italian relations, are foreign relations between Italy and the United Kingdom.

The Italian ambassador to the United Kingdom is Pasquale Q. Terracciano who took up his post in May 2013 [1] and the British ambassador to Italy is Christopher Prentice who took up his post in January 2011.[2]


Chamberlain, Daladier, Hitler, Mussolini, and Italian Foreign Minister Count Ciano, as they prepared to sign the Munich Agreement
From left to right, Chamberlain, Daladier, Hitler, Mussolini and Italian Foreign Minister Count Ciano as they prepare to sign the Munich Agreement.

Italy and the United Kingdom concluded the London Pact and formally allied on 26 April 1915. Subsequent to this, Britain, Italy and the rest of the Allied Nations won the First World War. After the war, United Kingdom helped Benito Mussolini to get political powers with financial supports,[3] however, they became enemies during World War II.

The United Kingdom and Italy now generally enjoyed a warm and friendly relationship. Queen Elizabeth II has made four state visits to the Italian Republic during her reign, in 1961, 1980, 2000 and most recently in April 2014 when she was received by President Giorgio Napolitano

Cultural relations[edit]

Between 4 and 5 million British tourists visit Italy every year, while 1 million Italian tourists visit the UK.[4] There are about 19,000 British nationals living in Italy, and 200,000 Italians living in the UK.[5]

In 2011, 7,100 Italian students were studying in UK universities, this is the seventh-highest figure amongst EU countries and fifteenth globally.[6]


Both states are members of the European Union, NATO, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the G8[7]

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