Motiv: Ministry for Foreign Affairs introducer Sven Hirdman guides Mark Francis Brzezinski, the USA's new ambassador. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/royalcourt.se
On Thursday 24 November, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The new ambassadors were Brito António Sózinho from Angola, Ethel Davis from Liberia, Mark Francis Brzezinski from the USA and Eitvydas Bajar?nas from Lithuania. 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 here.