On Thursday 12 January, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The new ambassadors were Bulgaria's ambassador Valentin Delchev Poriazov, Saudi Arabia's ambassador Abdulaziz bin Hamoud Al-Zaid, Somalia's ambassador Awale Ali Kullane and Finland's ambassador Matti Anttonen.
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 Stables' 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.