On Tuesday 29 November, The King and Queen held an audience at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for Swedish honorary consuls working in Greece, Spain, Italy and Turkey.
During the reception in Queen Lovisa Ulrika's Dining Hall, the honorary consuls were presented to The King and Queen. Ambassador Lars-Hjalmar Wide from the Swedish Embassy in Madrid, Spain, then spoke about the role of the consuls and their significance for Sweden.
The following honorary consuls were awarded Member of the Royal Order of the Polar Star:
Vassilis Kontos, Honorary Consul in Corfu, Greece.
Pedro Rebuelta Gonzalez, Honorary Consul in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
The following honorary consuls were awarded Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star Class 1:
Giovanni Capanna, Honorary Consul in Livorno, Italy.
Hilmi Tokus, Honorary Consul in Alanya, Turkey.
The Royal Order of the Polar Star is presented to foreign citizens in recognition of personal efforts for Sweden or Swedish interests.
There are around 350 Swedish honorary consulates. Their task is to assist the embassies and career consulates with various duties. An honorary consulate is led by an honorary consul, who is permanently based in the town where the consulate is located. The honorary consul can be a Swedish citizen or a foreign citizen. The position of honorary consul is an unpaid honorary role.