Throughout the year, The Queen holds many Audiences, which allow her to maintain close ties with officials from the UK, the Commonwealth, and across the world.
Queen Elizabeth holds weekly spectators with The Prime Minister where they put there heads together for Government matters. Prior to the budget presentation, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will also have a debate with Queen Elizabeth. Although Queen Elizabeth is legislatively neutral, she is kept up-to-date with political and legislative affairs and keeps the possession of the right to express her views, conceptions and notions during these meetings. Queen Elizabeth holds those spectators with dignitaries from other countries, including those from Commonwealth Purview.
Usually the audience present is a private affair between Queen Elizabeth and her visitors, but when a newly appointed foreign Plenipotentiary or High Commissioner first meets Queen Elizabeth, mostly members of their family and other dignitaries may be present there. Soon after arriving in London, a foreign Plenipotentiary has a meet with Queen Elizabeth. This is an official commemoration in which the newly accredited foreign Plenipotentiary or High Commissioner presents his or her letters of Credence or letters of High Commission to Queen Elizabeth.The Plenipotentiary is collected from the Embassy by a State landau from the Royal Mews. The newly appointed Plenipotentiary is escorted by the Maestro of the Diplomatic Corps, who is based at St. James’s Palace.
Queen Elizabeth holding audiences with officials from UK
The Plenipotentiary’s suite follows in another State landau. In the ongoing 20-minute spectator debate, the Plenipotentiary presents his or her letters of Credence to High Commission.
The Plenipotentiary’s party then returns to the Embassy or residence by carriage. The State landau which are used are kept and can be seen in the Royal Mews behind The Buckingham Palace. All of them are dated prior 1872. In 1886 there were only six Plenipotentiaries in London, with 37 other countries exhibited by the Ministers of their respective 3. Today, there are over 170 Foreign Missions.