Formal audiences

Pakistan's ambassador Sajjad Kamran. Photo: royalcourt.se

On Thursday 14 March, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
Elena Basile is the newly appointed ambassador for Italy, and most recently served as Head of the Department for North America at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
 
Sajjad Kamran is the newly appointed ambassador for Pakistan, and most recently served as Additional Secretary for Asia and Pacific at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
Shirley Skerritt-Andrew is the newly appointed ambassador for St. Kitts and Nevis, and is concurrently accredited from Brussels.
 
Gérard Léon Pierre Philipps is the newly appointed ambassador for Luxemburg, and is concurrently accredited from Copenhagen.
 
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.