the copies practically provides the Ambassador with the de facto
full authority to represent the sending state: “Because a new head
of mission has entered fully on his functions by presenting to the
FCO, on his arrival, the working copies of his credentials, his call
on the Queen to present the credentials themselves is in the nature
of a symbolic last act of the arrival procedure rather than (as
in many other countries) an essential first act.” (Feltham, 1994,
For H.E. Ambassador Dimitrov and his staff the day of presentation
of credentials was, however, a highly important act. But
it also confirmed that the ceremony is purely symbolical and
does not have much of practical influence, as already quoted
above. The fact that he took part at huge international conference
in London before presenting credentials, with his Prime Minister
as a head of delegation proved the above explained.
However, “Today was a big day.” (Popov, 2014, 103) Of course:
“The ceremony of the Presentation of the Letters of Accreditation.
(…) Now Varadin incarnated the National ideal.” (ibid) Diplomatic
rules and practice tell that a certain number of diplomats
are allowed to accompany the Ambassador at the ceremony. For
them this presents a highly ceremonial and important insight
into heights of diplomatic life. But also a highly valuable opportunity
to make contacts in high offices. Contacts provide diplomacy.
In spite of everything H.E. Dimitrov did not allow anybody to
accompany him: “There was no longer any doubt that they had
been cut out of the ceremony, like an unwanted and embarrassing
appendix.” (Popov, 2014, 105) The open carriage took their boss
to the Buckingham Palace. When he was back after two hours,
the Military Attaché, who was deeply disappointed and ashamed
that even he was not allowed to accompany H.E. to the ceremony,
noted the difference: “The instant he saw the Ambassador, Stanoicho
said to himself: This is no longer the same man!” (Popov,
2014, 107) The reception that followed to celebrate the respected
event, was chatty and colourfuly mixed: “In the grand hall (of
the Embassy – M.J.) , there were some twenty people gathered,
chatting casually, glasses in hands – Foreign Offices clerks, diplomats
from former allied states, representatives of the Bulgarian
community and a few strange birds who had flown in somehow
or other.” (Ibid.) Such reception is called “Vin d’honour” and is
an usual event organized immediately after the presentation for
a smaller, carefully selected group of invitees (Veljić, 2008, 141).
Diplomats and ambassadors in particular, have to use each occasion
to deepen friendly relations between the two concerned
countries. For this
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