Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Tuesday 6 September, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The new ambassadors were Guatemala's ambassador Francisco Hernández-Kramer, Argentina's ambassador Nélida Contreras de Ecke, Germany's ambassador Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth and Nicaragua's ambassador Verónica Rojas Berríos.

Nicaragua's ambassador Verónica Rojas Berríos arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm together with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Bengt Lundborg and her retinue. 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.

Germany's ambassador at the East Gate after the formal audience. Photo: royalcourt.se

Argentina's ambassador Nélida Contreras de Ecke in the Karl XV Parade Coupé, drawn by four horses. Photo: royalcourt.se