Previously the British Embassy had been based in District V’s Harmincad utca for more than 70 years. The embassy relocated in April this year after purchasing what was formerly the Dutch Embassy. The building was completely renovated to provide the British Embassy and its staff a modern and fit-for-purpose working environment.

In his opening speech Sir Alan said: ”It is a privilege to be able to celebrate with you a perfect metaphor for our renewed commitment to Hungary. While the UK’s relationship with Europe is changing, we are not turning our back on the European Union, and we are certainly not turning our back on Hungary.

“The British Embassy has moved from a building we leased to one we have renovated and own. This is a visible demonstration that we are strengthening our roots here. Not only that, we are also increasing our embassy staff by around 20%, a significant uplift in resource and capability, which will better enable us to continue driving the relationship forward and seize new opportunities together.”

Following the opening ceremony, Minister Duncan gave a speech at Corvinus University of Budapest on the strengthening bilateral relationship between the UK and Hungary.

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