Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Thursday 7 December, The King received four new foreign ambassadors during formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

Nigeria's ambassador arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se

The new ambassadors were Nigeria's ambassador Musa Ilu Muhammed, Pakistan's ambassador Ahmad Hussain Dayo, the Dominican Republic's ambassador Laura Faxas and Slovakia's ambassador Martina Balunova.

Master of Ceremonies Odd Zschiedrich welcomes the Dominican Republic's ambassador Laura Faxas to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. 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.

Slovakia's ambassador Martina Balunova with her credentials. Photo: royalcourt.se

Pakistan's ambassador Ahmad Hussain Dayo with his credentials. Photo: royalcourt.se

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