Almost 300 diplomats and their spouses representing more than 100 nations attended the 12th Embassy Induction Seminar.
A capacity crowd of diplomats attended Embassy Event’s popular orientation programme to introduce them to diplomacy in London. They were welcomed by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Ambassador of Kuwait Mr Khaled Al Duwaisan, who gave newcomers his guide to diplomacy, gleaned from 26 years of serving in London. The Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps extended greetings on behalf of The Queen and gave envoys insights into the constitutional role of the British monarch. On practical matters, attendees were given a thorough overview of their privileges and immunities from Gillian Ormiston at the Protocol Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Diplomats received introductions to the top diplomatic associations in London and multilateral organisations, while newly-arrived heads of administration received briefings from UK authorities on security and regulations.
Living in London workshops helped with the practical necessities of settling into a new post, after which diplomats attended workshops in their specialist fields – including politics, consular, press, economics, culture and education.
Diplomatic spouses attended a parallel programme where they were welcomed by the Doyenne of the Diplomatic Corps, Mrs Dalal Al Duwaisan, wife of the Ambassador of Kuwait and Jonathan Sweet, Executive Director of the Diplomatic Service Families Association who extended a welcome from the FCO. Spouses received an introduction to the Diplomatic Spouse Club of London from Cindy Renggli, the DSCL President.
Spouses were able to network in a series of workshops after which they were able to meet their diplomatic neighbours in London.
Delegates ended the packed day with a relaxing drinks reception and prize draw.