The Maldives' ambassador arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/the Royal Court
On Wednesday 23 February, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The ambassadors came from Macedonia, Serbia, Sierra Leone and the Maldives. 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. Find out more about formal audiences.