In a time-honoured ceremony, the Ambassador and his wife Marliese Heimann-Ammon were collected by a State landau, a red royal horse-drawn carriage, outside their Residence in Belgrave Square. They were escorted by Her Majesty’s Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Alistair Harrison.
The Ambassador and his wife were accompanied by members of the diplomatic staff, including Deputy Head of Mission Tania Freiin von Uslar-Gleichen and Defence Attaché Brigadier General Martin Hein.
Upon his return to the Embassy, Ambassador Ammon said: “Presenting my credentials to HM the Queen is a highlight of my diplomatic career. This was a very special occasion marked by centuries-old traditions of protocol at the Court of St. James’s, but above all lit up by Her Majesty’s marvellous warmth. Of course nothing can be revealed about our conversation, other than that she combines wonderful personal charm and deep knowledge of foreign affairs in a quite unforgettable way.”
After the audience with the Queen, the Ambassador and his party returned to the Embassy by carriage. In keeping with tradition, they rewarded the horses that drew the carriage so loyally with a selection of fresh apples and carrots – which they seemed greatly to enjoy.
At the subsequent reception at the German Embassy, attended by Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Anna Clunes, the Ambassador and distinguished guests offered a toast to Her Majesty the Queen.