Diplomatic Corps Law and Legal Definition

Diplomatic corps is a collective body of foreign diplomats commissioned to a particular country. For instance the Foreign Service is the diplomatic corps of the U.S. government under the control of the State Department, whose employees represent the United States abroad and assist U.S. citizens overseas. They include ambassador and other diplomatic personnel appointed by their government to a foreign capital. It is also termed as corps diplomatique. Generally, they assemble to attend state functions like a coronation, inauguration, national day or State Opening of Parliament, depending on local custom, or in the royal or presidential palace to give their own head of state's New Year greeting to the head of state of the country in which they are based.