Guy Millard

Sir Guy Millard KCMG CVO (22 January 1917 – 26 April 2013) was a British diplomat who was closely involved in the Suez crisis, and afterwards ambassador to Hungary, Sweden and Italy.


Guy Elwin Millard was educated at Wixenford, Charterhouse, and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He entered the Diplomatic Service in 1939[1] but served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

Millard was a junior secretary to Anthony Eden during the war, and when Eden became Prime Minister in 1955 he arranged for Millard to be seconded from the Foreign Office to be his Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs.[2] He was thus closely involved with the Suez Crisis in 1956. Afterwards he wrote a detailed history of the episode, an edited version of which remains in the National Archives.[3]

Millard was Ambassador to Hungary 1967–69,[4] Minister in Washington, D.C., 1970–71, Ambassador to Sweden 1971–74[5] and Ambassador to Italy 1974–76.[6] After retiring from the Diplomatic Service, he served as chairman of the British-Italian Society 1977–83.

Millard was appointed CMG in the 1957 New Year Honours[7] and CVO in 1961 on the occasion of a state visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Iran, where Millard was stationed at the time.[8] He was knighted KCMG in the New Year Honours of 1972.[9] The Italian government made him a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit in 1981.


  1. ^ "No. 34727". The London Gazette. 7 November 1939. p. 7493.
  2. ^ Interview with Sir Guy Millard (incorrectly named in the catalogue page), Yale-UN Oral History Project, 20 April 1991
  3. ^ Memorandum on Relations between the United Kingdom, the United States and France in the months following Egyptian Nationalisation of the Suez Canal Company in 1956. Written by Guy Millard in August 1957 and published by the Cabinet Office for UK Eyes Only on 21 October 1957. National Archives CAB 21/3314. This document does not spell out the detail of the collusion between France, Israel and the UK, but is not exactly the same as that written by Millard; the original version has disappeared. — Lord Owen, The effect of Prime Minister Anthony Eden's illness on his decision-making during the Suez crisis, QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, Volume 98 Issue 6, pp. 387-402, 6 May 2005 (footnote 11)
  4. ^ "No. 44516". The London Gazette. 2 February 1968. p. 1355.
  5. ^ "No. 45588". The London Gazette. 1 February 1972. p. 1282.
  6. ^ "No. 46357". The London Gazette. 1 October 1974. p. 8113.
  7. ^ "No. 40960". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1957. p. 4.
  8. ^ "No. 42305". The London Gazette. 17 March 1961. p. 2057.
  9. ^ "No. 45554". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1972. p. 4.]

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