Sir Reginald Hervey HoareKCMG (19 July 1882 – 12 August 1954) was a British diplomat and banker.
Hoare was born on 19 July 1882 at Minley Manor in Hampshire. Rex, as he was known, was the fourth son, in a family of four sons and three daughters, of Katharine Patience Georgiana Hervey and Charles Hoare (1844–1898), senior partner of C. Hoare & Co. His maternal grandparents were the former Patience Singleton and Lord Arthur Hervey, the Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1869 to 1894 (who was the fourth son of Frederick Hervey, 1st Marquess of Bristol).
Through his father, he was a descendant of King Henry VII.
Hoare was educated at Eton College.
After joining the diplomatic service in 1905, he served as diplomat to Bucharest, Constantinople (now known as Istanbul in Turkey), Rome, Cairo, Peking (today known as Beijing), and Petrograd (today known as Saint Petersburg). While in Russia, he replaced Francis Oswald Lindley and served under British consul, Douglas Young.
In 1931, he became Envoy Extraordinary and Minister plenipotentiary to Persia in Tehran, serving until 1934. In 1934, he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister plenipotentiary to Romania and began serving in 1935. Following King Carol‘s abdication in 1940, Hoare was withdrawn from Romania in 1941; he retired in 1942. Upon his exit from Rumania, the Italian newspaper Il Giornale d’Italia wrote:
“Hoare [Sir Reginald Hoare, British Minister to Rumania] goes without leaving any regret. On the contrary, if anything follows his flight it will be the maledictions of the widows and orphans of Rumanian workers whose lives were barbarously and uselessly sacrificed in the numerous and disastrous attempts at acts of sabotage carried out in the oil fields by British agents working under the personal direction of Hoare.”
After his retirement from the government, he joined C. Hoare & Co., the family bank as a partner in 1944.