Memoir of the British Embassy in Paris, 1971-1973, by Sir Roger du Boulay
Scope and Contents
Including memories of the British Ambassador, Christopher Soames; his wife, Mary Soames; negotiations between Edward Heath and Georges Pompidou prior to the United Kingdom's entry into the European Community on 1 January 1973; and a state visit to Paris by Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and the Prince of Wales to celebrate the successful conclusion of those negotiations and the signing of the accession treaty, 15-19 May 1972.
Also with notes on Christopher Soames as last British Governor of Southern Rhodesia, where he oversaw a ceasefire and elections leading up to the independence of Zimbabwe, December 1979-April 1980.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
Some material within the collection is closed to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
Roger William Houssemayne du Boulay was born on 30 March 1922, the son of Charles John Houssemayne du Boulay and Mary Alice Veronica Morgan. He was educated at Winchester College and Oxford University. He married Elizabeth Home in 1957, with whom he has two stepsons and one daughter.
He served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as a pilot, 1941-6. He joined the Colonial Service and was based in Nigeria, 1949-58. He transferred to the Foreign Service (later the Diplomatic Service) and held posts at the Foreign Office in London, 1959; the British Embassy in Washington, United States, 1960-4; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, 1964-7; and the British Embassy in Manila, Philippines, 1967-71. He was Alternate Director, 1967-9, and Director, 1969-71, of the Asian Development Bank in Manila. He was Counsellor and Head of Chancery at the British Embassy in Paris, France, 1971-3; Resident Commissioner in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu), 1973-5; and Vice Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, 1975-82. He has acted as an adviser to the governments of the Solomon Islands, 1986, and Swaziland [later Eswatini], 1992.
He is retired and lives in Hertfordshire.
He was created CVO, 1972; CMG, 1975; and KCVO, 1982.
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The memoir was deposited in Churchill Archives Centre by Sir Roger du Boulay, 2005.
This file level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, June 2005. Biographical information was obtained from "Who's Who" (2004).
Du Boulay, Sir Roger William Houssemayne, b 1922, Knight, diplomat
Finding aid date
- Boulay, Roger William Houssemayne du, Sir, 1922 (Knight, diplomat)
- European administration
- Heath, Edward Richard George, Sir, 1916 - 2005 (Knight, statesman)
- Pompidou, Georges, 1911 - 1974 (politician)
- Soames, Arthur Christopher John, 1920 - 1987 (Baron Soames of Fletching, politician)
- Soames, Mary, Dame, 1922 - 2014 (née Churchill, writer, wife of Baron Soames)