Indian envoy to UK presents credentials to Queen Elizabeth
The ceremony at Buckingham Palace was marked by royal pomp. He was escorted in a horse-drawn carriage to meet the monarch. The Indian high commission said in a release that the queen expressed happiness at the various initiatives taken to further enhance bilateral relations.world Updated: Feb 15, 2017 22:48 IST
YK Sinha, India’s 26th high commissioner to the United Kingdom since 1947, on Wednesday presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in a formal ceremony marked by royal pomp and a horse-drawn carriage.
Sinha, who took over from Navtej Sarna in December after the latter was posted as the ambassador to the United States, was previously the high commissioner in Sri Lanka.
Sinha conveyed greetings from President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the queen, and reiterated India’s commitment to work towards implementation of the roadmap agreed upon during British PM Theresa May’s November visit to New Delhi.
The Indian high commission said in a release that the queen expressed happiness at the various initiatives taken to further enhance bilateral relations. Sinha thanked her for hosting a reception to commence the India-UK Year of Culture.
After the presentation ceremony, Sinha hosted a reception at his Kensington Palace Gardens residence for dignitaries including MPs, senior officials from the UK government, heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of the Indian community.
According to protocol, soon after arriving in London, a foreign ambassador or high commissioner has an audience with the queen in a formal ceremony in which letters of credence are presented.
The envoy is collected from the embassy or residence by a State landau from the Royal Mews. He or she is escorted by the marshal of the diplomatic corps, who is based at St. James's Palace. The envoy suite follows in another State landau.
After the audience with the queen, the envoy returns to the embassy or residence by the horse-drawn carriage.
The State landaus used date before 1872. In 1886, there were only six envoys in London, with 37 other countries represented by ministers. Today, there are over 170 foreign missions based in the capital.