In the picture Ambassador Jill Gallard. Copyright Ivana Ross-Brookbank for British Embassy Berlin.
Wednesday, 11 November 2020, Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has a novel top envoy in Germany, Ambassador Jill Gallard, who was accredited at Bellevue Palace before German Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Before joining the British Embassy in Germany, Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador Jill Gallard was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Deputy Political Director from 2018 up to October 2020, and previously Director of Human Resources from 2014 to 2018. From 2011 to 2014 Jill Gallard served as British Ambassador to Portugal.
She is a career diplomat who joined the foreign service in 1991. Ambassador Gallard grew up in Northern Ireland, and speaks German, French, Spanish and Portuguese as well as smatterings of Czech.
Gallard’s accreditation precedes the upcoming visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to take place on Sunday, 15 November in Berlin. It shall be a première for British royals to partake at Germany’s National Day of Mourning, wherein Britain’s heir to the throne shall hold an allocution.
The National Day of Mourning focuses this year on the German-British freundship, which has grown in the 75 years since the end of the Second World War.
Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended a British remembrance day service in 2018. On the other side, the trip by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will represent the first visit by a British royals to Germany’s main remembrance event.
The Prince of Wales first travelled to the then West Germany in 1962, and has since visited Germany over 30 times in a public and private capacity, last making a trip there in May 2019.
For further information
German Federal Presidency: https://www.bundespraesident.de/DE/Home/home_node.html#-gallery
British Embassy in Germany: https://www.gov.uk/government/people/jill-gallard