Ambassador of Portugal to the United Kingdom

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Ambassador of Portugal to the United Kingdom
Ambassador of the Portuguese Republic to the Court of St James's
Coat of arms of Portugal.svg
Manuel Lobo Antunes.png
Incumbent
Manuel Lobo Antunes

since 30 November 2016
StyleHis Excellency (formal)
Mr. Ambassador (informal)
Residence11 Belgrave Square, London
AppointerPresident of the Portuguese Republic
with the advice and consent of the Government
Inaugural holderJosé Norton de Matos
as Ambassador
WebsiteEmbaixada de Portugal no Reino Unido

The Portuguese Ambassador to the United Kingdom (known formally in the United Kingdom as Ambassador of the Portuguese Republic to the Court of St James's) is the official representative of the Portuguese Republic to the Queen and Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The Portuguese Embassy is located at 11 Belgrave Square, London.

The current ambassador is Manuel Lobo Antunes,[1] who succeeded João de Vallera in 2016.

List of highest-ranking Portuguese envoys to Britain[edit]

Legation (1641–1924)[edit]

The following list of heads of mission comes from the Diplomatic Institute of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[2]

Name Portrait Title Appointment Presentation Termination Appointer Notes
Antão de Almada D. Antão d´Almada, retrato na Biblioteca Nacional de Paris.jpg Ambassador 7 April 1641 7 April 1641 1642 John IV of Portugal Left post
Francisco de Andrade Leitão Retrato de Francisco de Andrade Leitão (c. 1640-50) - Velázquez.png Ambassador 7 April 1641 7 April 1641 1642 John IV of Portugal Left post
António de Sousa de Macedo Dr. António de Sousa de Macedo.png Resident Minister 1642 September 1650 John IV of Portugal Left post
Domingos do Rosário Special Minister 1649 1649 John IV of Portugal Left post
João de Guimarães Resident (?) Minister 1649 1 October 1649 1652 John IV of Portugal Left post
Count of Penaguião Ambassador Extraordinary August 1652 August 1652 1655 John IV of Portugal Left post
Francisco Ferreira Rebelo Resident Minister 1655 ? 1657 John IV of Portugal Left post
Francisco de Melo Ambassador 1655? ? ? John IV of Portugal Left post
Francisco de Melo e Torres Francisco de Mello e Torres (pormenor) (cropped).png Ambassador 10 September 1657 12 September 1657 ? Luisa, Queen Regent Left post
Francisco de Melo e Torres Francisco de Mello e Torres (pormenor) (cropped).png Ambassador 6 August 1659 6 August 1659 13 May 1660 Luisa, Queen Regent Left post
Francisco de Melo e Torres Francisco de Mello e Torres (pormenor) (cropped).png Ambassador 2 August 1660 ? ? Luisa, Queen Regent Left post
Count of Ponte Francisco de Mello e Torres (pormenor) (cropped).png Ambassador 1 February 1661 ? ? Luisa, Queen Regent Left post
Marquis of Sande Francisco de Mello e Torres (pormenor) (cropped).png Ambassador 1662 ? ? Luisa, Queen Regent Left post
Francisco de Melo Manoel da Câmara Francisco de melo manuel Regnesson 1667.jpg Ambassador 1663 ? 1667 Afonso VI of Portugal Left post
Francisco Ferreira Rebelo Envoy 1664 ? March 1665 Afonso VI of Portugal Left post
Rui Teles de Meneses Resident Minister 1667 ? ? Afonso VI of Portugal Left post
Cristóvão Soares de Abreu Minister 1668 ? ? Afonso VI of Portugal Left post
Gaspar de Abreu de Freitas Envoy 1668 ? July 1671 Afonso VI of Portugal Left post
Louis de Verjus Crécy Verjus.jpg Envoy Extraordinary 4 February 1669 ? ? Peter, Prince Regent Left post
Francisco de Melo Manoel da Câmara Francisco de melo manuel Regnesson 1667.jpg Ambassador 7 December 1671 ? 9 August 1678 Peter, Prince Regent Died
Gaspar de Abreu de Freitas Ambassador 1679 ? March 1679 Peter, Prince Regent Left post
Marquis of Arronches D. Henrique de Sousa Tavares, 1.º Marquês de Arronches.png Ambassador Extraordinary 17 June 1679 16 June 1679 16 September 1681 Peter, Prince Regent Left post
José de Faria Envoy Extraordinary July 1681 ? 24 September 1685 Peter, Prince Regent Left post
João de Sousa Envoy 1684 ? ? Peter II of Portugal Left post
Simão de Sousa Magalhães Envoy 1685 11 September 1685 26 March 1693 Peter II of Portugal Left post
Count of Pontével Ambassador Extraordinary 1687 ? ? Peter II of Portugal Left post
Viscount of Fonte Arcada Envoy Extraordinary 1692 23 November 1692 25 April 1697 Peter II of Portugal Left post
Luís da Cunha D. Luis da Cunha, Ministro de Joao V.JPG Envoy Extraordinary 1696 1 May 1697 April 1712 Peter II of Portugal Left post
Count of Tarouca João Gomes da Silva, Conde de Tarouca - Palácio das Necessidades.png Ambassador with no title 1709 ? October 1710 John V of Portugal Left post
José da Cunha Brochado José da Cunha Brochado.png Envoy Extraordinary 1710 May 1710 August 1715 John V of Portugal Left post
Count of Galveias Envoy Extraordinary 1710? 1710 John V of Portugal Left post
Manuel de Sequeira Chargé d'affaires 1713 ? 1715 John V of Portugal Left post
Luís da Cunha D. Luis da Cunha, Ministro de Joao V.JPG Ambassador Extraordinary 1715 1715 1719? John V of Portugal Left post
Manuel de Sequeira da Cunha Chargé d'affaires October 1718 ? 1719 John V of Portugal Left post
Jacinto Borges Pereira de Castro Envoy Extraordinary 1719 ? 1720 John V of Portugal Died
António Galvão de Castelo Branco Envoy Extraordinary 1721 27 February 1721 July 1730 John V of Portugal Left post
António de Campos Resident Minister 1730 ? 1734 John V of Portugal Left post
Marco António de Azevedo Coutinho Envoy Extraordinary 1735 25 May 1735 20 June 1739 John V of Portugal Left post
Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo Retrato do Marques de Pombal.jpg Envoy Extraordinary 1738 29 November 1738 25 September 1745 John V of Portugal Left post
Francisco Caetano de Castro Chargé d'affaires 1745 ? 1748 John V of Portugal Left post
António Freire de Andrade Encerrabodes Envoy Extraordinary March 1748 28 March 1748 1750 John V of Portugal Left post
Joaquim José Fidalgo da Silveira Envoy Extraordinary 1750 26 November 1750 December 1752 Joseph I of Portugal Left post
Luís da Cunha Manuel Envoy Extraordinary 1752 23 November 1752 15 April 1756 Joseph I of Portugal Left post
Martinho de Melo e Castro Martinho de Melo e Castro.jpg Envoy Extraordinary May 1756 June 1759 1762? Joseph I of Portugal Left post
José de Melo Envoy Extraordinary 1761? ? ? Joseph I of Portugal Left post
Count of Cunha Antônio Álvares da Cunha - Conde da Cunha.jpg Ambassador Extraordinary June 1761 ? ? Joseph I of Portugal Left post
José de Sá Pereira Chargé d'affaires 1763 ? January 1764 Joseph I of Portugal Left post
Martinho de Melo e Castro Martinho de Melo e Castro.jpg Plenipotentiary 1764 January 1764 19 December 1769 Joseph I of Portugal Left post
Amador José da Costa Asso Chargé d'affaires 19 December 1769 ? 12 February 1770 Joseph I of Portugal Left post
Francisco de Melo e Carvalho Envoy Extraordinary 12 February 1770 21 February 1770 July 1774 Joseph I of Portugal Left post
Gaspar da Costa Chargé d'affaires 1772 ? 1772? Joseph I of Portugal Left post
João Filipe da Fonseca Official February 1773 ? July 1774 Joseph I of Portugal Left post
Luís Pinto de Sousa Coutinho Luís Pinto de Sousa Coutinho, 1.º visconde de Balsemão, 1797 - cropped.png Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary 4 July 1774 8 July 1774 5 September 1788 Joseph I of Portugal Left post
Cipriano Ribeiro Pereira Interim chargé d'affaires 4 September 1783 ? 3 September 1785 Maria I of Portugal Left post
Cipriano Ribeiro Freire Cipriano Ribeiro Freire.jpg Chargé d'affaires 5 September 1788 ? July 1792 Maria I of Portugal Left post
Count of Galveias Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary July 1792 ? 3 February 1801 John, Prince Regent Left post
Marquis of Pombal Henrique de Carvalho, 2º Marquês de Pombal.png Ambassador Extraordinary 1796 ? 1796 John, Prince Regent Left post
Count of Pombeiro Emissary 18 November 1797 ? 30 November 1797 John, Prince Regent Left post
José Rademaker Agent 1801 ? ? John, Prince Regent Left post
Lourenço de Lima Retrato de D. Lourenço José Xavier de Lima, 1.º Conde de Mafra (1793) - Louis Gauffier (cropped).png Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary 1801 ? 3 June 1802 John, Prince Regent Left post
Count of Pombeiro Special mission (?) January 1801 ? April 1801 John, Prince Regent Left post
Count of Funchal Domingos António de Sousa Coutinho.png Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary March 1803 ? 1810 John, Prince Regent Left post
Count of Funchal Domingos António de Sousa Coutinho.png Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary 1810 ? 28 September 1815 John, Prince Regent Left post
Cipriano Ribeiro Freire Cipriano Ribeiro Freire.jpg Minister Plenipotentiary 1814 12 April 1815 February 1816 John, Prince Regent Left post
Count of Palmela Pedro de Sousa Holstein, Conde de Palmela.png Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary February 1816 ? November 1817 John, Prince Regent Left post
José Luís de Sousa Ambassador in special mission (?) 1820 ? November 1821 John VI of Portugal Left post
João Francisco de Oliveira João Francisco de Oliveira (1822) - Charles Simon Pradier.png Chargé d'affaires 1821 ? May 1822 John VI of Portugal Left post
Rafael da Cruz Guerreiro Chargé d'affaires May 1822 ? June 1823 John VI of Portugal Left post
José Luís de Sousa Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary September 1823 ? February 1825 John VI of Portugal Left post
Marquis of Palmela Pedro de Sousa Holstein, Conde de Palmela.png Ambassador Extraordinary 1825 ? May 1827 John VI of Portugal Left post
José Luís de Sousa Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary May 1827 ? ? Maria II of Portugal Left post
Viscount of Asseca Minister Plenipotentiary 1829? ? 1831? Left post
Tomás de Mascarenhas Agent 1830? ? ? Left post
Viscount of Telheiras Interim chargé d'affaires 1 April 1830 ? 5 October 1830 Left post
Viscount of Carreira Minister Plenipotentiary 6 October 1830 ? 6 September 1833 Peter, Duke of Braganza Left post
Count of Funchal Domingos António de Sousa Coutinho.png ? 1832? - ? Left post
Viscount of Carreira Minister Plenipotentiary 6 September 1833 23 October 1833 1 January 1834 Peter, Duke of Braganza Left post
Cristóvão Pedro de Morais Sarmento Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary 2 January 1834 2 May 1834 13 December 1836 Peter, Duke of Braganza Left post
Marçal José Ribeiro Marçal José Ribeiro - O Occidente (15Jul1879).png Interim chargé d'affaires 14 December 1836 ? 4 October 1837 Maria II of Portugal Left post
Francisco Rebello de Carvalho Interim chargé d'affaires 5 October 1837 ? 6 May 1839 Maria II of Portugal Left post
Cristóvão Pedro de Morais Sarmento Minister Plenipotentiary 7 May 1839 18 May 1839 13 September 1850 Maria II of Portugal Left post
Marçal José Ribeiro Marçal José Ribeiro - O Occidente (15Jul1879).png Interim chargé d'affaires 13 September 1850 ? 6 September 1851 Maria II of Portugal Left post
Count of Lavradio Conde de Lavradio, Palácio de São Bento.png Minister Plenipotentiary 7 September 1851 23 October 1851 26 November 1869 Maria II of Portugal Left post
Frederico Francisco de la Figaniére Interim chargé d'affaires 27 November 1869 ? 12 February 1870 Luís I of Portugal Left post
Viscount of Seisal Minister Plenipotentiary 12 February 1870 22 February 1870 4 October 1870 Luís I of Portugal Left post
Duke of Saldanha DuqueDeSaldanha HospitalMiguelBombarda.png Minister Plenipotentiary 4 October 1870 28 November 1870 21 November 1876 Luís I of Portugal Died
Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio Interim chargé d'affaires 22 November 1876 ? 7 December 1876 Luís I of Portugal Left post
Eduardo Teixeira de Sampaio Interim chargé d'affaires 8 December 1876 ? 7 April 1877 Luís I of Portugal Left post
Miguel Dantas Minister Plenipotentiary 8 April 1877 30 April 1877 31 January 1890 Luís I of Portugal Left post
Luís Pinto de Soveral Luiz de Soveral, Vanity Fair, 1898-02-10.jpg Interim chargé d'affaires 31 January 1890 ? 10 February 1890 Carlos I of Portugal Left post
Augusto César Barjona de Freitas Barjona de Freitas.jpg Minister Plenipotentiary 10 February 1890? ? 27 August 1890 Carlos I of Portugal Left post
Luís Pinto de Soveral Luiz de Soveral, Vanity Fair, 1898-02-10.jpg Interim chargé d'affaires 27 August 1890 ? 3 January 1891 Carlos I of Portugal Left post
Luís Pinto de Soveral Luiz de Soveral, Vanity Fair, 1898-02-10.jpg Minister Plenipotentiary 23 January 1891 ? 17 September 1895 Carlos I of Portugal Left post
Carlos Cirilo Machado Carlos Cirilo Machado (1865-1919), 2º visconde de Santo Tirso.png Interim chargé d'affaires 17 September 1895 ? 22 October 1895 Carlos I of Portugal Left post
Miguel Dantas Minister Plenipotentiary 22 October 1895 9 November 1895 18 February 1896 Carlos I of Portugal Left post
Frederico Arouca Minister Plenipotentiary 18 February 1896 ? 21 July 1896 Carlos I of Portugal Left post
Alfredo Alcino de Castro Interim chargé d'affaires 21 July 1896 ? 28 April 1897 Carlos I of Portugal Left post
Marquis of Soveral Luiz de Soveral, Vanity Fair, 1898-02-10.jpg Minister Plenipotentiary 28 April 1897 ? 13 October 1910 Carlos I of Portugal Left post
Jerónimo Pinheiro de Almeida da Câmara Manuel Interim chargé d'affaires 13 October 1910 ? 8 April 1911 Teófilo Braga, President of the Provisional Government of the Portuguese Republic Left post
Manuel Teixeira Gomes Manuel Teixeira Gomes.png Minister Plenipotentiary 8 April 1911 11 October 1911 7 January 1918 Teófilo Braga, President of the Provisional Government of the Portuguese Republic Left post
Pedro Tovar Interim chargé d'affaires 7 January 1918 ? 11 March 1918 Bernardino Machado Left post
Augusto de Vasconcelos AugustodeVasconcelos.jpg Minister Plenipotentiary 11 March 1918 19 July 1918 17 May 1919 Bernardino Machado Left post
Manuel Teixeira Gomes Manuel Teixeira Gomes.png Minister Plenipotentiary 19 May 1919 24 May 1919 26 September 1923 João do Canto e Castro Left post
João António de Bianchi Interim chargé d'affaires 26 September 1923 ? 24 April 1924 António José de Almeida Left post
Augusto de Castro Corte-Real Dr. Augusto de Castro, novo ministro de Portugal em Londres - Ilustração Portugueza (02Fev1924).png Minister Plenipotentiary 24 April 1924 5 May 1924 10 June 1924 Manuel Teixeira Gomes Left post

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times - Court Circular, 30 November: "His Excellency Mr Manuel Lobo Antunes was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Portuguese Republic to the Court of St James's."
  2. ^ "Relações Diplomáticas Portugal / Reino Unido - Titulares". idi.mne.pt. Instituto Diplomático - Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros. Retrieved 2016-12-19.