Dame Anne Warburton DCVO CMG

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A woman wearing a blue shirt standing behind a table with her hands on the back of a chair. She is standing in front of a blue wall with a blue artwork framed on the wall.
Photograph © Anita Corbin


First Woman to become a British Ambassador

June 2011, at home in Suffolk

b. 1927, London d.2015

Dame Anne was a British diplomat and she made history as the first female British Ambassador. This role had existed for over 650 years before she was installed at the age of 49. The ban on female diplomats getting married was only lifted three years before Anne accepted her ground-breaking post. Dame Anne was a prime mover in the global campaign for women’s rights all her life.

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