chapter  3
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Philip de Zulueta

ByPeter Catterall

It is perhaps one measure of the perceived importance of the position of Private Secretary for foreign affairs to the Prime Minister at the time that the first mention of Sir Philip Francis de Zulueta in Who's Who, that listing of the great and good, was in 1964 after he had moved on from that situation to more lucrative opportunities in the City. Millard was considerably senior to Philip in the Diplomatic Service, having served as an assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary Eden in 1941–1945. Philip was serving a Prime Minister who, as Shuckburgh noted, was himself something of a professional diplomat who could not forebear interfering in Foreign Office affairs, bombarding his successor with telegrams even when at home in Broadchalke 'where he has no room for a Private Secretary'. Philip was heavily involved with the gestation, development and communication of this Grand Design both to British and overseas audiences.