Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Thursday 30 March, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The new ambassadors were Ecuador's ambassador Lautaro Pozo Malo, Vietnam's ambassador Thi Phuong Dung Doan, Serbia's ambassador Dragan Momcilovic and Norway's ambassador Christian Ulrik Syse.

The King at the East Gate on his way to the East Octagonal Cabinet, where the ambassadors are received. Photo: royalcourt.se

Ecuador's ambassador Lautaro Pozo Malo with his credentials. 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.

Norway's ambassador Christian Ulrik Syse. Photo: royalcourt.se

Serbia's ambassador Dragan Momcilovic with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Bertil Roth. Photo: royalcourt.se

The royal military music provides a dignified setting. Photo: royalcourt.se

The grenadier guard in the East Staircase. Photo: royalcourt.se