The new United States ambassador to Britain, Mr. Elliott Richardson, donned a top hat on?
The new United States ambassador to Britain, Mr. Elliott Richardson, donned a top hat on Friday (21 March) and rode in a gilded carriage to present his credentials to Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace in London.
The entire staff of the United States' legation stood on the Grosvenor Square pavement outside the embassy to applaud as Mr. Richardson in white tie and tails, and his wife, Anne, in a pink suit and black-and-white mink hat, emerged for the ride to the ceremony.
Mr. Richardson was previously United States Attorney General -- a post he held under President Nixon until last year when he resigned rather than sack chief Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox.
Large crowds braved the chilly London weather to see the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Major General Sir Michael Fitzalan-Howard, escort the new ambassador to the resplendent horse-drawn carriage.
There were even more people waiting outside Buckingham Palace to see the parade arrive for the traditional royal audience.
The Queen accepted two documents from Mr. Richardson: "letters of credence" confirming the departure of former ambassador Walter Annanberg, and "letters of credence" announcing his own appointment to the post.
After their return to the embassy, the Richardsons left for a brief holiday in Austria.