White formally accredited U.S. Ambassador to Norway

Ambassador White with Chief of the HMK Military Staff Nils Petter Granholt before they leave for the palace. Photo: US Embassy Oslo.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, U.S. Ambassador Barry B. White presented his credentials to Norway’s Head of State, King Harald V, and was thereby formally accredited as U.S. Ambassador to Norway, writes the US Embassy in Oslo on its website

All newly-appointed ambassadors to Norway must present their credentials to the King at a formal audience. The formality of the time-honored ceremony, which harks back to the beginnings of diplomacy in the Italian Renaissance, accentuates the honor of the appointment and the gravity of the diplomatic mission.

Mr. White was collected by the Chief of His Majesty the King’s Military Staff and Aide-de-Camp Nils Petter Granholt at his residence Villa Otium in Nobels gate and driven to the Royal Palace in one of the palace’s escort vehicles. At the palace, he was greeted by a parade of His Majesty The King’s Guard and received by the King, who wore the gala uniform of the Norwegian Army. Ambassador White was dressed for the ceremonious occasion in the traditional morning coat.

After the ceremony, Ambassador White hosted a vin d’honneur at his residence with the U.S. country team in Norway and representatives of the diplomatic corps. Following this, he invited the entire corps diplomatique to his first formal reception.

“It has been a most interesting and exciting day. King Harald warmly welcomed me to Norway, as did the diplomatic corps. Now I look forward to my new job, enhancing the relationship between our good friend and close ally Norway. On a more personal note, my wife Eleanor and I are truly enthusiastic about exploring all regions of this beautiful country with its mountains, fjords and skiing opportunities,” said Ambassador White about his first official day.

Barry B. White was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Norway on September 22, 2009 and was sworn in as Ambassador on October 21, 2009. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Barry White served for over 13 years as Chairman and Managing Partner (CEO) of Foley, Hoag LLP in Boston, Mass,, where he was a senior partner in the firm’s business, corporate, international and government strategies practice areas. He practiced law at Foley, Hoag for 40 years.

Ambassador White was appointed by President Obama. Photo: US Embassy Oslo Facebook Photo Album

Ambassador White was appointed by President Obama. Photo: US Embassy Oslo Facebook Photo Album

The U.S. country team with Ambassador and Mrs. White in the middle. Photo: US Embassy Oslo Facebook Photo Album.

Read more about the US Embassy in Oslo, Norway here

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