The Ambassador and his wife Heike were escorted to Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty’s Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Alistair Harrison CMG CVO. At the Palace they were greeted by Sir Philip Barton, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Colonel Toby Browne, Crown Equerry.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Queen joined via video link from Windsor Castle.
Following the audience, the Ambassador and his wife were escorted back to the Residence of the German Ambassador in London where, in accordance with tradition, they fed carrots to the horses of the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps.
The Ambassador said:
“Throughout her reign, Queen Elizabeth II has worked actively and tirelessly to promote friendship between Germany and the United Kingdom. Germany is profoundly grateful to her for this. Today more than ever we need this friendship and our collaboration within and for Europe.”
“Today marks a highlight of my diplomatic career. When I was six, my grandmother and I cheered Queen Elizabeth II as she passed by in her car in Hanover in May 1965. It was the Queen’s first state visit to Germany. Back then I could never have dreamt that, 55 years later, I would be granted the immense honour of presenting her with my credentials as German Ambassador in London.”
Andreas Michaelis has been German Ambassador to the Court of St James’s since 11 May 2020, prior to which he was Permanent Secretary of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.