Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Thursday 14 June, The King received four new foreign ambassadors during formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The new ambassadors were Belarus's ambassador Dmitry Mironchik, Chile's ambassador Hernán Bascuñán Jiménez, Yemen's ambassador Sahar Mohammed Abduljabbar Ghanem and the Philippines' ambassador Jocelyn S Batoon-Garcia.

Yemen's new ambassador Sahar Mohammed Abduljabbar Ghanem with Lord in Waiting Peter Gudmundsson, Deputy Master of Ceremonies Otto von Platen and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Birgitta Holst Alani. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/royalcourt.se

Yemen's new ambassador Sahar Mohammed Abduljabbar Ghanem with Lord in Waiting Peter Gudmundsson, Deputy Master of Ceremonies Otto von Platen and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Birgitta Holst Alani. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/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.

The Philippines' ambassador Jocelyn S Batoon-Garcia leaves the Royal Palace of Stockholm via the East Gate following an audience with The King. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/royalcourt.se

The Philippines' ambassador Jocelyn S Batoon-Garcia leaves the Royal Palace of Stockholm via the East Gate following an audience with The King. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/royalcourt.se

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.

Find out more about formal audiences:

• The Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducerexternal link, opens in new window

• The Commandant Staffexternal link, opens in new window

• The Royal Stablesexternal link, opens in new window

• The musicexternal link, opens in new window

• The ambassadorexternal link, opens in new window