| UK/High Commissioner/Singapore |
(Ambassador to Singapore)
|British Ambassador to Singapore|
Singapore, previously a British colony, became an internally self-governing state in 1959 and George Douglas-Hamilton, 10th Earl of Selkirk, was appointed Commissioner (not High Commissioner) for Singapore and South East Asia. In 1963 Singapore declared independence from Britain and joined the new Federation of Malaysia. In 1965 Singapore left Malaysia and became an independent country (as the Republic of Singapore) and a full member of the Commonwealth. As a member of the Commonwealth, the United Kingdom's diplomatic representative is a High Commissioner rather than an Ambassador.
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