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Sir Julian Beresford King KCVO CMG (born 22 August 1964) is a British diplomat and civil servant who has been Ambassador to Ireland, Director General of the Northern Ireland Office and Ambassador to France. On 8 July 2016, King was nominated by David Cameron to succeed Jonathan Hill as the British European Commissioner. On 2 August 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his intention to allocate King the Security Union portfolio. After the approval of his nomination by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, he took office on 19 September 2016.
King gained a BA in Philosophy and Theology from St Peter's College, Oxford. He also studied at the École nationale d'administration in Paris where he met his future wife. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1985.
After the resignation of Jonathan Hill as the British European Commissioner and European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron nominated King to replace him. On 2 August 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his intention to allocate the new portfolio of Security Union to King. King would work under the supervision of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans. The European Parliament confirmed his appointment on 15 September 2016, and the Council of the European Union did so on 19 September 2016.1985–1987 Foreign office in London
1987–1988 École nationale d'administration
1989–1990 Private Secretary to the British Ambassador (Sir Ewen Fergusson) in Paris
1991–1992 worked on European common foreign and security policy (CFSP) in Luxembourg, the Hague, Lisbon then London
1993–1995 London, working on European defence and NATO issues
1998–2002 Brussels, working on relations with Turkey, European defence, CFSP and EU enlargement
2003–2004 Counsellor and Head of Chancery at UK mission to the UN in New York City (covering UN Security Council business in the period after the Iraq War)
2004–2007 UK Permanent Representative to the EU Political and Security Committee in Brussels, covering common foreign and security policy (CFSP).
2005 Chaired the EU Political and Security Committee during the UK presidency
2008–2009 Head of the office of the British Commissioner in Brussels (Peter Mandelson then Baroness Ashton). Represented the EU27 on international trade matters, including negotiations on the WTO Doha Round.
2009–2011 British Ambassador to Ireland
2011–2014 Director General of the Northern Ireland Office
2014–2015 Director-General Economic & Consular Affairs, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2016-2016 British Ambassador to France
2016–present European Commissioner for the Security Union
King was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2006. He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) by Queen Elizabeth during a visit to Belfast on 24 June 2014, when he relinquished his appointment as Director General of the Northern Ireland Office.
He married a Danish colleague, Lotte Knudsen in 1992 near Gers in south-west France. They had met as students in Paris and still have a house near where they married. Lotte Knudsen worked in the European Commission as Director for Justice Matters in Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security.
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