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HM Ambassador Sarah Gillett presents credentials to His Majesty King Harald V

Sarah Gillett CMG CVO today presented her credentials as Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to His Majesty King Harald V of Norway during a ceremony held at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

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Sarah Gillett CMG CVO is met by Chief of His Majesty the King's Military Staff Brigadier Nils Petter Granholt. Photo: British Embassy Oslo

The formal ceremony began with the Chief of His Majesty the King’s Military Staff, Brigadier Nils Petter Granholt, calling on the Ambassador at the British Embassy to accompany her to the Norwegian Royal Palace in Oslo. The Ambassador was escorted into the Palace and met by the Lord Chamberlain who introduced her to members of the Court and Staff in attendance. The Ambassador was then received by His Majesty King Harald V in his office and the Letter of Credence was presented.

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His Majesty King Harald V of Norway received HM Ambassador Sarah Gillett CMG CVO. Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

After her audience with King Harald, Ambassador Sarah Gillett said “It was a truly memorable occasion. Norway and the United Kingdom are neighbours, allies, and close economic partners with extensive links. I am greatly looking forward to serving as British Ambassador in this beautiful country, and thank everyone who has made me feel so welcome. I know I shall have a busy and enjoyable mission.”

Norwegian Royal Palace
The Norwegian Royal Palace in Oslo. Photo: British Embassy Oslo

Sarah Gillett’s previous diplomatic assignments include serving as HM Ambassador to Switzerland and to Liechtenstein, as Director of Protocol and Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps in London, as Consul-General in Montreal, and as Deputy Head of Mission in Brazil. She studied International Relations and Politics at Aberdeen University.

Personal details  
Full name: Sarah Gillett CMG CVO
2014 – Oslo, HM Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway
2009 – 2013 Berne, HM Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
2006 – 2009 FCO, Director of Protocol and HM Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps
2002 – 2006 Montreal, HM Consul-General
2000 – 2001 Brasilia, Deputy Head of Mission
1997 – 1999 Brasilia, Head of Economic Section
1994 – 1996 FCO, Head of Mekong Section, South East Asia Department
1992 – 1995 Los Angeles, Vice-Consul (Inward Investment)
1991 – 1992 FCO, Central European Department
1990 – 1991 Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister for Overseas Development
1987 – 1989 Paris, Third, later Second, Secretary (Economic)
1984 – 1987 Washington, Third Secretary (Chancery)
1983 – 1984 FCO, Central Africa Department
1982 – 1983 FCO, Falkland Islands Department
1978 – 1982 Special Unpaid Leave
1976 – 1978 FCO, Secretary of State’s Office
1976 Joined FCO
Published 28 August 2014