Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Tuesday 15 March, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The new ambassadors were Indonesia's ambassador Bagas Hapsoro, Iran's ambassador Abdolrasool Mohajer Hejazi, Switzerland's ambassador Christian Schoenenberger and the USA's ambassador Azita Raji.

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.

Iran's ambassador Abdolrasool Mohajer Hejazi travels along Slottsbacken in the Royal Stables' carriage. Photo: royalcourt.se

Iran's ambassador Abdolrasool Mohajer Hejazi travels along Slottsbacken in the Royal Stables' carriage. Photo: royalcourt.se

The USA's ambassador Azita Raji is received by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Bertil Roth. Photo: royalcourt.se

The USA's ambassador Azita Raji is received by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Bertil Roth. Photo: royalcourt.se

Indonesia's ambassador Bagas Hapsoro and his retinue in the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se

Indonesia's ambassador Bagas Hapsoro and his retinue in the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se