Richard Fitzwilliams

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Richard Fitzwilliams is a British public relations consultant and commentator. He specialises in promoting exhibitions of figurative art such as those of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Threadneedle Prize at the Mall Galleries. He is also a royal commentator and film critic, and has given over 400 television interviews and numerous radio interviews. He was Editor of The International Who’s Who from 1975 to 2001. He lectures on the UK Honours system and the British Who’s Who, and writes and broadcasts on London arts events.

Professional career


Fitzwilliams was Assistant Editor of Africa South of the Sahara (Europa Publications) from 1972-75. He then became Editor of Europa's International Who's Who,[1][2] the standard work of its type which was founded in 1935. He considers himself a populist editor, believing that the volume, as well as including establishment figures, should also represent current trends which he believes Who's Who, the standard guide to the establishment, does not.[3] He arranged promotion of The International Who’s Who, which received substantial coverage in Britain and abroad. His work on it was also closely linked to his leisure interests which include cinema, theatre, art, history (especially royal matters) and politics. Editing The International Who’s Who was compared by The Guardian to "painting the Forth Bridge of fame".[4] He writes and lectures on Who's Who.[5][6][7][8] He has also discussed this reference book in numerous radio interviews, including BBC Radio 4's Today programme in 2009.[9] and in BBC News.[10]

Public relations

Since 2002, Fitzwilliams has been press consultant to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters promoting their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries,[11][12] their self-portraits exhibition in 2007 and their permanent collection at Girton College, Cambridge.[13][14][15][16] Since 2008, he has been press consultant to the Threadneedle Prize for figurative painting and sculpture.[17][18] hosted by the Mall Galleries. He has promoted the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize since 2009.[19]

Royal commentator

Fitzwilliams is a regular contributor on royal matters to CNN,[20] BBC News Channel, BBC Breakfast TV, Sky News,[21] LBC, CTV News,[22] and an occasional contributor to al-Jazeera, ITV News, and BBC2 (Jeremy Vine show).

He was the live commentator for CNN on several royal weddings, funerals, state visits, and other major events.[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30]

He has given interviews on the Queen’s Birthday and New Year Honours Lists for BBC Breakfast TV, BBC News Channel, Sky News and numerous radio stations for some years.[31] He lectures on the honours system.[32] He also covers Royal Ascot for TV and radio.[33]

Film critic

Fitzwilliams' specialities as a film critic are epics, historical films, films featuring royalty and maritime films, and he has lectured at the National Army Museum on war on screen.[34] Besides numerous reviews, he has given obituaries on TV and radio for many noted actors and directors.[35][36][37]

He is a commentator on films and film awards ceremonies for CNN,[38] CBS News,[39] BBC News Channel, Sky News and Al Jazeera.[40] He has been the weekly film reviewer for Talk Radio Europe on the weekly Movies and U programme since 2007[41] and reviews regularly for Siren FM (co-presenter 2011-).[42]

Newspapers and magazines

Since 1997, Fitzwilliams has been a contributor to The London and UK Datebook,[43] for which he writes the Artscene column, reviewing London arts events, and reviews Royal Ascot and charity events for its Going Places section.

He has written articles in The Daily Telegraph[44] and The Australian[45] and The Express in 2010.[46] He wrote regular articles on international affairs for The Evening Post (South Africa) from 1978 to 1980.


  1. " International Who's Who 2002. Richard Fitzwilliams Editor
  2. Julia Hartley-Brewer Spin doctor joins great and good", The Guardian, 13 July 1999. Accessed 19 August 2011.
  3. Richard Kay, "Snow is buried by censors'", Daily Mail, 2 February 2009. Accessed 19 August 2011.
  4. "People" The Guardian 17 July 1982 (Linda Christmas)
  5. Easton Ellis is back, basking in Starlight, London Evening Standard, 16 July 2010. Accessed 19 August 2011.
  6. Richard Fitzwilliams, "Who's Who: A Book that speaks volumes", Daily Express, 6 December 2010. Accessed 19 August 2011.
  7. "Lecture on Honours system, Barbican Library 20 May 2009". 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  8. Richard Fitzwilliams, "The Honours they couldn't accept", Daily Express, 30 December 2010. Accessed 19 August 2011.
  9. "Today: Monday 7th December", BBC. Accessed 19 August 2011.
  10. "'Entertainment Who's Who in the Millennium'". BBC News. 1999-07-13. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  11. "Press Consultant for Royal Society of Portrait Painters". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  12. "Portraits at an Exhibition". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  13. "Officers, Patrons, Friends of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  14. "Photographs of Royal Society of Portrait Painters' publicity 2009.". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  15. "Photographs of Royal Society of Portrait Painters' publicity 2010". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  16. "Photographs of Royal Society of Portrait Painters' publicity 2011". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  17. "Press Consultant for The Threadneedle Prize". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  18. "More details of the Threadneedle Prize". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  19. "Richard Fitzwilliams- Former Editor of International `Who`s Who `discussing the latest award winning artists short-listed for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2010". 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  20. "Diana's son turns 25, grows richer". 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  21. "'Happy Prince's 'Handsome' New Portrait'". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  22. "'Latest : Royal visit : CTV News Channel: Richard Fitzwilliams, royal watcher'". 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  23. "CTV Newsnet - Richard Fitzwilliams, Royal Watchers". CTV News. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  24. "Prince Harry BBC interview". BBC News. 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  25. "Today - Will and Kate 'symbolise Britain' on US trip". BBC News. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  26. "Royals commentator Richard Fitzwilliams on the verdict in the Diana crash inquest". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  27. "Article Royal Weddings:Past and Present 28 March 2011". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  28. "al-Jazeera 'Britain's Prince William to marry'". 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  29. CNN_International (2011-02-23). "The royal matchup". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  30. "Royal Wedding Team Unveiled". 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  31. "Who's your top Scot of 2008? -BBC Radio Scotland December 2008". 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  32. "University Of Cape Town lecture 2009". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  33. "Tuesday 14 June 2011 Richard Fitzwilliams, Royal Commentator and Art & Theatre Critic. Reporting live from Royal Ascot, which starts today, and is celebrating 300 years". 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  34. "War on Screen 6 September 2007". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  35. "Peter Ustinov tribute BBC News 24, 29 March 2004". BBC News. 2004-03-29. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  36. "Fitzwilliams' Oliver Reed obituary BBC Radio 5 Live 2 May 1999". BBC News. 1999-05-02. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  37. "Interview: Richard Fitzwilliams pays tribute to Elizabeth Taylor". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  38. "Award CeremoniesCNN". 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  39. "CBS News 'High School Musical'". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  40. AlJazeeraEnglish (2010-03-10). "Academy Awards Al Jazeera". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  41. "Meet Richard Fitzwilliams", Talk Radio Europe. Accessed 15 August 2011.
  42. "Regular presenter on Siren FM". 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  43. "Contributor to The London Datebook". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  44. 'Who does he think they are' - Daily Telegraph 13 July 1996.
  45. 'The What’s What of Who’s Who October 1994
  46. 'Honours system and Whos’ Who'

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