Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm
Laos' ambassador Ms Manorom Phonseya steps out of the Royal Mews' carriage in the Inner Courtyard. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Monday 16 December, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The new ambassadors were Laos' ambassador Ms Manorom Phonseya, Namibia's ambassador Ms Morina Muuondjo, Japan's ambassador Mr Seiji Morimoto and Ethiopia's ambassador Ms Woinshet Tadesse. 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.
Namibia's ambassador Ms Morina Muuondjo arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in the Royal Mews' carriage. Photo: royalcourt.se
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:— The Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer — The Commandant Staff — The Royal Mews — The music