Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Thursday 28 September, The King received four new foreign ambassadors during formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The new ambassadors were Israel's ambassador Ilan Ben-Dov, China's ambassador Gui Cangyou, Bangladesh's ambassador Md Nazmul Islam and Belgium's ambassador Hugo Brauwers.

Bangladesh's new ambassador Md Nazul Islam is welcomed to the Royal Palace of Stockholm by Crown Equerry Ulf Gunnehed. Photo: royalcourt.se

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.

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.

Belgium's ambassador Hugo Brauwers arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm via the South Gate in one of the Royal Stables' carriages. Photo: royalcourt.se

Israel's ambassador Ilan Ben-Dov in the Royal Stables' carriage. Photo: royalcourt.se

China's ambassador Gui Congyou and his retinue with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Ingrid Hjelt af Trolle. Photo: royalcourt.se

China's ambassador Gui Congyou and his retinue with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Ingrid Hjelt af Trolle. Photo: royalcourt.se