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Protocol Directorate

Protocol Directorate provides guidance to Diplomatic Missions & International Organisations within the UK. This is done in conjunction with its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 (as enacted by the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964) and the International Organisations Act 1968.

Foreign missions in the UK

Need to contact a foreign mission in the UK? Our find a foreign embassy in the UK section gives contact details.


Our Royal Households and Honours Secretariat deals with the Diplomatic Service and Overseas List (published in December and June each year) and honorary British awards given to foreign nationals. To find out more visit our Honours pages.

Conferences and events 

Lancaster House, on the Mall in central London, is used extensively for government hospitality, and by outside organisations for conferences, meetings and entertaining. Managed by Protocol Directorate, and close to Buckingham Palace, this historic house offers a magnificent setting, a prestigious central location and first-class facilities for all types of events and hospitality. Steeped in political history and magnificently preserved, Lancaster House has a wide range of rooms and a large garden.

If you are interested in holding an event at Lancaster House, please contact:

Trevor Andrews OBE, Head of Conferences and Events

Tel: 020 7008 8169


The Senior Events Manager
Tel: 020 7008 8094

Fax: 020 7008 8206


The UK honours system recognises exceptional achievement and service.