Ambassador Andrei Kelin laid flowers to the grave of Alexander Benckendorff, 10 February 2021

On 10 February, on the occasion of Diplomats’ Day in Russia, Ambassador Andrei Kelin laid flowers to the grave of Count Alexander Benckendorff, the last Russian Imperial Ambassador to the UK in 1902-1916, in Westminster Cathedral. A small service was read.

Having served at different positions in the Foreign Ministry Alexander Benckendorff was appointed Russian Ambassador to the UK and served in this capacity from 1902 to 1916. In almost 50 years of his diplomatic service Alexander Benckendorff greatly contributed to the Russia-UK military and political union, as well as strengthening the relations between our countries in general, including World War I period.

Ambassador Benckendorff had earned credibility among British officials, as well as members of the diplomatic corps in the UK and Russia. After he passed away, Count Benckendorff, being a Catholic, was buried in a crypt in Westminster Cathedral, becoming the only layman to be granted such honour.

10 February 2021, 15:40