Motiv: Belgium's ambassador Ms Francine Chainaye arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for a formal audience. To the right is the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Bengt Lundborg. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Friday 8 November, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The new ambassadors were Belgium's ambassador Ms Francine Chainaye, Azerbaijan's ambassador Mr Adish Sakit oglu Mammadov, Vietnam's ambassador Mr Tran van Hinh and Oman's ambassador Mr Khalid S. Baomar. 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 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.