Archbishop Mennini was taken to Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage

The new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, today presented his diplomatic papers to the Queen.

He was taken from Archbishop’s House to Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage before presenting a letter of his appointment and his predecessor’s resignation papers. It was reported that an altar server from Westminster Cathedral was the coachman for the nuncio’s carriage.

Archbishop Mennini, 63, who is Italian, previously served for eight years as nuncio to Russia. He was highly regarded for the way he handled the Church’s delicate relationship with Moscow and was credited with improving relations dramatically.

The previous nuncio, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, stepped down in December because of ill health.

Photos of Archbishop Mennini’s journey can be seen here.