Lindsay said: "I and my team and our families are deeply saddened and shocked at Steven's passing. We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family and friends. Steven was a dear colleague and friend who had made a tremendous impression in Hungary since his arrival last October with his personal warmth and his sheer professionalism, not least his excellent Hungarian.

"As our fellow Scot Robert Burns, whose works we had recently recited together, wrote:

'Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd,

Few heads with knowledge so inform'd.'

We will miss him so much."

Steven Dick had served at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 2008. He was Head of Press at the British Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Political Officer at the British Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Before coming to Budapest in 2019, he was Head of Corporate Strategy and Governance for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The British Embassy in Budapest has set up a virtual Book of Condolences in his memory on its Facebook page.

He took up his posting in Budapest last autumn after undergoing a year of full-time intensive Hungarian language training. He had recently returned to Budapest from a holiday in Mexico, and said in a WhatsApp message that he had contracted coronavirus and was in isolation, but was feeling fine except for being bored. It appears his condition deteriorated rapidly.

His parents, Steven and Carol Dick, paid tribute: "Steven was a much-loved son, grandson and nephew. He was kind, funny and generous. It was always his dream to work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and he was very happy representing our country overseas. We are devastated by his loss and ask for privacy at this tragic time."

The UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said: "Steven was a dedicated diplomat and represented his country with great skill and passion. He will be missed by all those who knew him and worked with him."

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