Yesterday, His Majesty the King received the Credentials of the new ambassadors from the Tunisian Republic, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Principality of Andorra, the Republic of Ecuador and Romania in a centuries old ceremony.
The ceremony starts at the Palace of Santa Cruz, headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign’s Affairs. A carriage and a Royal Guard escort are waiting for the Ambassador, who after entering the Palace to meet with the Introducer of Ambassadors, will get into the carriage and depart for the Royal Palace. At the Royal Palace, the new Ambassador will be received by the Royal Guard with honors and their national anthem played by the Royal Guard’s Band. After the ceremony, the new Ambassador and his diplomatic team, will leave the Palace for the Ambassador’s Residence in a different carriage with a escort from the Royal Guard, whose band will play Spain’s National Anthem before leaving the Palace Court. Here is a video of the the explained above:
And here is a rare video of the Moroccan Ambassador from the moment he exits the carriage at the Royal Palace, crosses six different rooms of the Palace and is finally received by the King, to whom he presents his diplomatic credentials and his team:
Finally a short video of the ceremony of Mr. Nicolás Issa Obando, previous Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador in which the presentation is clearly heard:
Photo: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey/Borja Fotógrafos