On Thursday, March 10, 2016, U.S. Ambassador Samuel D. Heins presented his credentials to Norway’s Head of State, King Harald V, and was thereby formally accredited as U.S. Ambassador to Norway.
All newly-appointed ambassadors to Norway must present their credentials to the King at a formal audience. The formality of the time-honored ceremony, which harks back to the beginnings of diplomacy in the Italian Renaissance, accentuates the honor of the appointment and the gravity of the diplomatic mission.
At the Royal Palace, Mr. Heins was greeted by a parade of His Majesty The King’s Guard and received by the King, who wore the gala uniform of the Norwegian Army. Ambassador Heins was dressed for the ceremonious occasion in the traditional morning coat.
Friday, March 11, was Mr. Heins first day as U.S. Ambassador to Norway. See a video from Ambassador Heins first day here.