Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service
Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service is the
diplomatic serviceof the United Kingdom. Its members also staff the Foreign and Commonwealth Officein London. The Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairsis also the Head of the Diplomatic Service.
The Foreign Service, which originally provided
civil servants to staff the Foreign Office, was once a separate service, but it amalgamated with the Diplomatic Service in 1918. The Diplomatic Service also absorbed the Colonial Servicein the late 1960s.
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