The King holds formal audiences

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Israel's ambassador arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm to submit his credentials. Photo: Alexis Daflos/The Royal Court

On Wednesday 5 September, 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.
 
Israel's ambassador Isaac Bachman has previously been Ambassador to Guatemala, and most recently served as Chief of Policy Staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
 
The Netherlands' ambassador Philip De Heer was previously an ambassador in Tokyo.
 
India's ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison has previously been a minister at the Embassy in Washington, and most recently served as Additional Secretary for Central Europe at India's Ministry of External Affairs.
 
Guinea's ambassador Ibrahima Sory Sow is concurrently accredited from Berlin.
 
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.