Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm
Kyrgyzstan's ambassador Bolot Otunbaev arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Wednesday 7 November, 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. Kyrgyzstan's newly-appointed ambassador Bolot Otunbaev is concurrently accredited from Berlin. Mozambique's ambassador Frances Victória Velho Rodrigues most recently served as ambassador in Vienna, and previous posts include serving as ambassador in Geneva. Nepal's ambassador Mukti Nath Bhatta is concurrently accredited from Copenhagen. Thailand's ambassador Somchai Charanasomboon most recently served as ambassador in Abu Dhabi, and previous posts include serving as a minister at the Embassy of Thailand in Vienna. Formal audiences are 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.