Michael Llewellyn-Smith

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Sir Michael John Llewellyn-Smith KCVO CMG (born 25 April 1939)[1] is a retired British diplomat and academic. He served as Ambassador to Poland from 1991 to 1996 and Ambassador to Greece from 1996 to 1999.[2] He is Visiting Professor to the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London.[3]

Early life[edit]

Llewellyn-Smith was born in 1939.[4] He was educated at Wellington College, an independent school in Crowthorne, Berkshire.[3] He attended New College, Oxford, where he studied classics, ancient history and philosophy.[4]

Diplomatic career[edit]

Llewellyn-Smith joined Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in 1970.[5] On 29 March 1980, he was appointed Consul-General at Athens.[6]

Later life[edit]

Following retirement, Llewellyn-Smith has spent his time writing and lecturing about Greek history and culture.[5] He is Visiting Professor to the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London.[3] He is a regular speaker on Swan Hellenic cruises.[5]


On 25 March 1996, Llewellyn-Smith was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).[7] He is an Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, University of Oxford.[3][8]


In 1965, he published The Great Island: A Study of Crete. In 1973, he published the book Ionian Vision: Greece in Asia Minor, 1919–1922 on the Asia Minor Campaign. In 2004, he published Athens: A Cultural and Literary History.


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  2. ^ "Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith KCVO CMG". Franco-British Council. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith". King's College London. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Welcome to Michael Llewellyn-Smith's official website". Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith". Cruise Speakers. Swan Hellenic. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  6. ^ "No. 48243". The London Gazette. 4 July 1980. p. 9545.
  7. ^ "No. 54388". The London Gazette. 3 May 1996. p. 6269.
  8. ^ "Honorary Fellows". People. St Antony's College, Oxford. Retrieved 29 January 2014.