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Popular UK Ambassador to Hungary Bids Farewell to Country with Moving Hungarian Video

Fanni Kaszás 2020.09.15.

On his last working day in Hungary, Iain Lindsay, the popular British ambassador to Hungary, said goodbye to the country and the Hungarian people in a personal message in Hungarian. In the video shared on his Facebook page, Lindsay says, among other things, that he is leaving the country he fell in love with with an aching heart.

The ambassador, with his vibrant social media presencekeen interest in Hungarian culture, as well as outstanding Hungarian, is one of the more colorful members of the Budapest diplomatic corps. He left his office in Hungary yesterday after four years, as well as his diplomatic service at the British Foreign Office after 40 years. On his last working day, the ambassador bid farewell to Hungary and the Hungarian people in a personal video message:

Iain Lindsay also thanked his team working at the embassy for all their work, as well as all his Hungarian friends and the thousands of Hungarians he had not met in person, but who had honored him and the British Embassy with their attention. He said that wherever he went in Hungary, he felt like a family member everywhere because of Hungarians’ hospitality.

Back in August, Hungary Today had the opportunity to sit down for an interview with Ambassador Lindsay and talk about Brexit, coronavirus, his time in Hungary, and his lovely Hungarian dog, Juno:

An Ambassador Falling in Love with Hungary - Interview with Iain Lindsay, the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Hungary
An Ambassador Falling in Love with Hungary - Interview with Iain Lindsay, the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Hungary

Iain Lindsay, the British Ambassador to Hungary, with his vibrant social media presence, keen interest in Hungarian culture, as well as outstanding Hungarian, is one of the more colorful members of the Budapest diplomatic corps. He is leaving his office in Hungary at the end of summer, as well as his diplomatic service at the British Foreign […]Continue reading

It seems that the next Ambassador to Hungary, Paul Fox, will be just as good at Hungarian as Lindsay, as the current Ambassador said in a previous Instagram post that “he speaks exquisite Hungarian, and represented the UK in many different countries before.” According to the British government’s website, Paul Fox took up his appointment as Consul General to Dubai and the Northern Emirates in August 2015 after working as Deputy Head of Mission in Abu Dhabi for nearly three years. Before that, he was press spokesperson for two Foreign Secretaries and worked in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

featured photo: Iain Lindsay Facebook video screenshot