Formal audiences

South Africa's new ambassador, Mandisa Dona Marasha. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/Kungahuset.se

On Thursday 19 May, formal audiences were held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
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.
 
Mandisa Dona Marasha is the new ambassador for South Africa. She has been Deputy Speaker of the Eastern Cape Legislature, and formerly served as ambassador in Athens.
 
Leda Lucia Martins Camargo is the new ambassador for Brazil. She has previously been posted to New Delhi, Washington and Rome, and most recently served as ambassador in Prague.
 
Lan Lijun is the new ambassador for China. He has previously served as consul general in Los Angeles and worked at the embassy in Washington, and was ambassador in Canada until 2010.
 
Venetia Sebudandi is the new ambassador for Rwanda. She has served as counsellor at the embassy in Paris, and more recently as ambassador in Switzerland and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the UN Office in Geneva, the WTO and other international bodies in Geneva.