Formal audiences

Christer Lignell stands ready to receive the ambassadors. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/the Royal Court

On Thursday 30 September, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The ambassadors came from Tanzania, India, Honduras and Japan.

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 Mews' 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.