On Tuesday 31 March, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The new ambassadors were Thailand's ambassador Kiattikhun Chartprasert, Algeria's ambassador Kerma Ahcene, Portugal's ambassador Jose Julio Pereira Gomes and Qatar's ambassador Hamad Mohammed Alkhalif.
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.