Steven Dick, 37, was the deputy head of mission at the British embassy in Budapest, Hungary.
A senior British diplomat has died after contracting COVID-19.
Steven Dick, the deputy head of mission at the British embassy in Budapest, passed away on Tuesday after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The Foreign Office said staff were “deeply saddened” by the death of the 37-year-old, and his parents said that he was:
“very happy representing our country overseas”.
In a statement his parents, Steven and Carol Dick, said:
“Steven was a much-loved son, grandson and nephew.
“He was kind, funny and generous.”
“It was always his dream to work for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and he was very happy representing our country overseas. We are devastated by his loss and ask for privacy at this tragic time.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described Mr Dick as a “dedicated diplomat”, who had “represented his country with great skill and passion”.
“He will be missed by all those who knew him and worked with him,” he added.
Iain Lindsay, the UK’s ambassador to Hungary, said that he had worked with Steven since last October.
“Steven was a dear colleague and friend who had made a tremendous impression in Hungary since his arrival last October with his personal warmth and his sheer professionalism, not least his excellent Hungarian,” he said.
“We will miss him so much.”
Therer have been 10 deaths from the coronavirus so far in Hungary, with a reported number of 226 confirmed cases of COVID-19.