Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Friday 6 April, The King received four new foreign ambassadors during formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The King arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for the formal audiences. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/royalcourt.se

The new ambassadors were Tanzania's ambassador Willibrod Peter Slaa, Kyrgyzstan's ambassador Bolot Isakovich Otunbaev, Mauritania's ambassador Abdellahi Bah Nagi Kebd and Cambodia's ambassador Soeung Rathchavy.

At the ceremony, the ambassadors submit their credentials – a document from their head of state – to The King, who then grants them the formal right to work in Sweden.

The new ambassadors are transported by horse and carriage to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/royalcourt.se

Formal audiences follow a traditional ceremony. The ambassador is collected in one of the Royal Stables' carriages from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and is taken to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The King and the ambassador then talk in private for around fifteen minutes.

Cambodia's ambassador is received by Crown Equerry Ulf Gunnehed. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/royalcourt.se

Mauritania's ambassador at the East Gate. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/royalcourt.se

Find out more about formal audiences:

• The Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducerexternal link, opens in new window

• The Commandant Staffexternal link, opens in new window

• The Royal Stablesexternal link, opens in new window

• The musicexternal link, opens in new window

• The ambassadorexternal link, opens in new window

Tanzania's ambassador leaves the Royal Palace of Stockholm in the Royal Stables' car. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/royalcourt.se