Obituary – Patrick Wright (C3 1945-50)

Lord Wright of Richmond GCMG (C3 1945-50) died, aged 88, in March 2020.

Father to Angus (B2 1978-82), Edward (C3 1973-76) and Olivia (PR 1978-80), Patrick Wright was head of the Diplomatic Service from 1986-1991. During a long career as a diplomat he served as the UK’s Ambassador to Luxembourg, to Syria, and to Saudi Arabia, before becoming Permanent Under-Secretary of State of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1986.

He was appointed CMG in 1978, KCMG in 1984, and GCMG in 1989; he was made a Life Peer in 1994, retiring from the House of Lords at the end of last year.

In 2018 he published Behind Diplomatic Lines, “A captivating account of the inner dynamics of the Thatcher Cabinet, all played out in front of a tumultuous global backdrop”.

Full obituaries can be seen in The Times and The Telegraph.