Although Britain’s Prime Minister resigned on Thursday after a series of dramatic events, King of the United Kingdom and the 14 other Commonwealth kingdoms, Charles III, held the first ‘credentials’ ceremony of his reign. During his very first presentation of the Credentials, King Charles III. several diplomats, including the Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, and the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK, Moazzam Ahmad Khan, at Buckingham Palace.
Today HE Mr Vadym Prystaiko presented his credentials as Ambassador of Ukraine to the Court of St James at Buckingham Palace.
This was His Majesty’s first Credentials presentation – find out more about these events:
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 20, 2022
According to tradition, a newly appointed Ambassador or High Commissioner to the Court of St James presents the monarch with his Letters of Credence or High Commissioner – known as Credentials. The date of the delivery of the certification is not fixed and is mutually agreed upon by both parties.
During the ceremony, Charles held audiences with the diplomats. In particular, an audience is simply a face-to-face meeting with the king. According to the royal family, regular audiences are held during His Majesty’s workweek. It usually lasts around twenty minutes and the conversations that take place are completely private. No written transcript or recording will be made.
How is the certificate handed over?
On the day of the presentation, diplomats are collected from their embassy or residence in a state landau (a ceremonial horse-drawn carriage) and driven through the streets of London, led by a second carriage in which the Diplomatic Corps Marshal is driving.
The Ambassador or High Commissioner often brings family members with them for this special occasion. Audiences generally take place in state or semi-state rooms at Buckingham Palace. The Ambassador or High Commissioner and his or her group are announced upon entering the room by the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps. The king shakes everyone’s hands and then the audience begins.
Traditions followed at Credentials
According to royal tradition, diplomats present their credentials (for ambassadors) or letters of high commission (for high commissioners) at the beginning of the audience. This is also known as a “credential” and is a formal letter from the diplomat’s head of state to the king asking him to show “credibility” to the new ambassador or high commissioner.
In other words, to say that His Majesty can be confident that the new appointment speaks on behalf of his country. The King and the group of visitors then speak informally for the rest of the audience. Often the focus is on current affairs in the Ambassador’s or High Commissioner’s home country.