Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

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.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador Abdulaziz bin Hamoud Al-Zaid and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Birgitta Holst Alani. Photo: royalcourt.se

Finland's ambassador Matti Anttonen with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Bertil Roth. Photo: royalcourt.se

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.

Bulgaria's ambassador Valentin Delchev Poriazov arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se

Find out more about formal audiences:

• The Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducerexternal link, opens in new window

• The Commandant Staffexternal link, opens in new window

• The Royal Stablesexternal link, opens in new window

• The musicexternal link, opens in new window

• The ambassadorexternal link, opens in new window

The Royal Stables' horse and carriage drives Finland's ambassador from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Gustav Adolfs Torg to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se