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This is the first and probably the last time that this event takes place in the Plaza Mayor so I was very lucky to be around to shoot it and to be abe to bring it to you on. When there are 3 or 4 new foreign ambassadors to Spain, they are officially commissioned and welcomed as representatives of their country here. They may not be appointed at teh same time but the Spanish Government waits for 3 or 4 new ambassadors to accumulate due to the extremely expensive ceremony. They are commisioned and driven in Royal horse drawn carriages from the Ministry fo Foreign Affairs to the Palacio Real where they are greeted by the King, to whom they present their official letters of appointment. After the Palacio Real they go back to their respective embassies in diplomatic cars. You can see one of the cars with the license plate that reads "CD" and then the number of the plate in my photos. CD stands for "Cuerpo Diplomatico" or "Diplomatic Corps" which means it is an official state car. Usually this procession only passes through the Plaza Mayor on the way from the Foreign Ministry to Palacio Real but since the streets in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were a royal (no pun intended) mess due to construction at the time (putting in another underground parking, yuckooo!!!), they could not use the Ministry building as a departing point so they decided to use the Plaza (thank God for "Obras"). So, we got a real treat. I recorded all of it!!! It was a very long ceremony because they had to bring about 5 ambassadors and their spouses from the Plaza to the Royal Palace in only 2 carriages and they made a seperate trip for each one. The best thing about this was that it may be one of those once in a lifetime experiences.
You can see some similar royal maneuvers on my Dos de Mayo photo pages.