Transcript of interview: Sir Frank Roberts, 1996
Scope and Contents
The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.
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Biographical / Historical
Frank Roberts was born in Buenos Aires, 27 October 1907, the son of Henry George Roberts, Preston, and Gertrude Kenyon, Blackburn; he was educated at Bedales, Rugby and Trinity College, Cambridge (Scholar). In 1937 he married Celeste Leila Beatrix (died 1990), daughter of the late Sir Said Shoucair Pasha, Cairo, Financial Adviser to Sudan Government. He died in 1998.
Roberts entered the Foreign Office in 1930, and his diplomatic career included: HM Embassy, Paris [France], 1932-35 and HM Embassy, Cairo [Egypt], 1935-37; Foreign Office, 1937-45; Chargé d’Affaires to Czechoslovak Government, 1943; British Minister in Moscow [Soviet Union], 1945-47; Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1947-49; Deputy High Commissioner (UK) in India, 1949-51; Deputy-Under Secretary of State, Foreign Office, 1951-54; Ambassador to Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia], 1954-57; United Kingdom Permanent Representative on the North Atlantic Council, 1957-60; Ambassador: to the Soviet Union, 1960-62; to the Federal Republic of Germany, 1963-68; UK Member, FCO Review Committee on Overseas Representation, 1968-69.
He was awarded the GCMG in 1963 (KCMG 1953; CMG 1946); GCVO 1965.
Language of Materials
Roberts, Sir Frank Kenyon
Finding aid date
- Bevin, Ernest, 1881 - 1951 (statesman and Trade Union Leader)
- Churchill, Winston Leonard Spencer, Sir, 1874 - 1965 (Knight, statesman and historian)
- East West relations
- Eden, Robert Anthony, 1897 - 1977 (1st Earl of Avon, statesman)
- European administration
- Lloyd, John Selwyn Brooke, 1904 - 1978 (Baron Selwyn-Lloyd, politician)
- Soviet Union