Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Kerstin Asp-Johnsson helps Hungary's ambassador Ms Lilla Makkay out of the Royal Mews' carriage. Photo: royalcourt.se

On Wednesday 23 October, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The new ambassadors were Latvia's ambassador Mr Gints Jegermanis, Austria's ambassador Mr Arthur Winkler-Hermaden, Hungary's ambassador Ms Lilla Makkay and Turkey's ambassador Mr Ömer Kaya Türkmen.
 
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.
Latvia's ambassador Mr Gints Jegermanis arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for a formal audience. Photo: royalcourt.se

Latvia's ambassador Mr Gints Jegermanis arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for a formal audience. Photo: royalcourt.se

Hungary's ambassador Ms Lilla Makkay travels along Slottsbacken in the Royal Mews' carriage. Photo: royalcourt.se

Hungary's ambassador Ms Lilla Makkay travels along Slottsbacken 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.

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Austria's ambassador Mr Arthur Winkler-Hermaden leaves the Royal Palace of Stockholm by car following an audience with The King. Photo: royalcourt.se

Austria's ambassador Mr Arthur Winkler-Hermaden leaves the Royal Palace of Stockholm by car following an audience with The King. Photo: royalcourt.se