Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Thursday 20 October, The King received three new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The Navy Music Corps plays as Mauritius' ambassador arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in the Karl XV Parade Coupé. Photo: royalcourt.se

The new ambassadors were Georgia's ambassador Malkhaz Kakabadze, Bahrain's ambassador Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohamed bin Khalifa al Khalifa and Mauritius' ambassador Girish Nunkoo.

Mauritius' ambassador Girish Nunkoo. 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.

Georgia's ambassador Malkhaz Kakabadze is welcomed at the East Gate. Photo: royalcourt.se

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.

The ambassador travels from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs via Norrbro, over Skeppsbron, up Slottsbacken and in through the West Gate to the East Gate, where the ambassador gets out. Photo: royalcourt.se