Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Sir Peter Petrie, 5th Baronet CMG 1932-2021

Sir Peter Petrie, 5th Baronet, CMG, died in France, 28 October, 2021. The retired diplomat was 89.

Sir Peter served in the Grenadier Guards 1954–56 before entering the Foreign Service. Later, he served in the UK Delegation to NATO in Paris 1958–61 and the UK High Commission in Delhi 1961–64 (also Chargé d'Affaires in Kathmandu in 1963). He was posted to the Cabinet Office 1965–67, the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York 1969–73 and was Head of Chancery at Bonn 1973–76. He returned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as head of the European Integration Department 1976–79 before being appointed Minister in the Paris embassy 1979–85 and finally British Ambassador to Belgium 1985–89. He was appointed CMG in 1980.

He was born 7 March, 1932, son of Sir Charles Petrie, 3rd Baronet [1895-1977], the historian, and his second wife the former Jessie Cecilia Mason [1901-87], and succeeded to to the baronetcy on the death of his elder half-brother, Sir Charles Petrie, 4th Baronet, 8 March, 1988.

Sir Peter married 8 November, 1958, Liduina Maria Fortunata Gräfin von Oberndorff [born at The Hague, 19 Feb, 1933], daughter of Charles-Alphonse Aurelius Amrie Fortunatus Antoine Graf von Oberndorff [1906-98], and his wife the former Jacqueline de Sauvan d'Aramon [1903-90], by whom he had issue, two sons, Charles and Wilfrid, and a daughter, Leticia.

The elder son, Charles James Petrie [born 16 September, 1959], succeeds to the baronetcy.


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