Motiv: Côte d'Ivoire's ambassador Mina Marie Laurent Baldé. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Wednesday 28 March, formal audiences were held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
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. The new ambassador for Zambia is Edith Mutale, who most recently served as spiritual leader of the Redeemed Methodist Church. The new ambassador for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is Garvin Edward Timothy Nicholas, who is concurrently accredited as High Commissioner in London. The new ambassador for Côte d'Ivoire is Mina Maria Laurent Baldé, who is concurrently accredited as ambassador in Copenhagen. The new ambassador for Malta is Martin Valentino, who most recently served as Malta's ambassador in The Hague. Formal audiences are 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.