Representatives from the Royal Mews arrive at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for the formal audiences. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Friday 27 April, 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. Chile's ambassador, Horacio del Valle Irarrázaval, most recently served as Director of the National Council for Culture and the Arts of Chile. Bosnia and Herzegovina's ambassador, Jadranka Kalmeta, most recently served as national coordinator for regional initiatives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bulgaria's ambassador, Svetlan Stoev, was previously an ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lesotho's ambassador, Paramente Phamotse, is concurrently accredited from Dublin. 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.