UK: The Ambassador Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. on the Excellency of Majesty King Charles III presented his credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Court of St. James’s to His Majesty King Charles III at Buckingham Palace on May 16 2023.
Ambassador Locsin is the first Head of Mission in London and the first Philippine Ambassador to present credentials to the King after his Coronation on May 6, 2023. The Philippino Embassy United Kingdom shared the Update.
As per the Philippino Embassy, During the tête-à-tête following the presentation of credentials ceremony, Ambassador Locsin congratulated the King on his recent Coronation and looked forward to stronger Philippines-UK relations.
The Majesty King Charles III expressed gratitude for the contributions of Filipinos in the UK, particularly healthcare workers, and expressed hope to meet with and engage the community more. The King also looked forward to an opportunity to revisit the Philippines soon.
After the credentials ceremony presentation, Ambassador and Mrs Locsin signed the Buckingham Palace guest book.
FCDO Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Philip Robert Barton KCMG OBE and His Majesty’s Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Mr William Alistair Harrison CMG CVO, assisted King Charles III during the presentation of credentials.
According to the sources, Ambassador Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. was accompanied by his wife. Mrs Maria Lourdes B. Locsin, who is the Deputy Head of Mission and Consul General Rhenita B. Rodriguez, Minister and Consul Ana Marie L. Hernando, Third Secretary and Vice Consul Beatriz Alexandra G. Martinez, and Third Secretary and Vice Consul Emilio O. Lopue, Jr.
Ambassador Mrs Locsin and the delegation were taken to and from Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage. Following tradition, Ambassador and Mrs Locsin fed the horses fresh carrots and apples to thank them for their service.